Harvest Monday, July 3, 2017 – Container Ginger Update + Containers Harvest

Happy July 4th!

June was coming to an end and still nothing was happening with the container ginger. I thought it was never going to sprout. Then this past week I saw little green poking out of the soil. Yes. Finally something is happening, I was excited.

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Growing Ginger in Containers

The ginger sprout on the left is about 5 inches tall and the tallest sprout on the right is about 7 inches.

Now that sprouts have finally appeared and we are having nice hot weather they will be growing at a much faster rate, I hope.

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Container Mokum Carrots growing exceptionally well and needed thinning again.

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Growing Mokum Carrots in Container

The first thinning, there were signs of carrots forming. The second thinning, about 2 weeks ago, produced edible pencil-sized carrots.

Check out the thumb-sized carrots below from the third thinning of a few days ago, they were sweet and crunchy. Will continue to thin/harvest as needed for the table. I see a nice long harvest season.

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Mokum Carrots

Mokum Carrot with its sweet crunchy texture is now my favorite. So very easy to grow in container. Started another container this past week.

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I did it! I managed to grow good-size onions in container (for the past few years I tried growing onion in the garden but always ended up with golf ball-size or smaller onions). From now on, growing onions in container is the way to go for me.

Had some tiny onions left over from last year’s harvest so decided to plant them in a foam chest just for fun. Look at them now! I think the one on the upper right weighs more than 6 ounces (must remember to weigh after I harvest). Yes, there is over crowding, must pull some to give others room to grow, hope its not too late.

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Growing Onions in Container

Needed onion for a dish, pulled the 2 below (they were showing signs of bolting) from the above container .

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Wish I knew the names of the above onions.

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Last of the spring planted lettuce.

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Oak Leaf Lettuce

The above Oak Leaf Lettuce made a lovely salad with a simple lemon and EVOO dressing.

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Below are 2 of the harvests from the garden that were not camera shy:

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Peppermint Swiss Chard

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Kohlrabi – Purple Kolibri

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Going to be a nice HOT week, all the heat loving crops will be happy and grow by leaps and bounds.

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About Norma Chang

I am the author/publisher of 2 user-friendly Chinese cookbooks: "My Students' Favorite Chinese Recipes (updated edition)" and "Wokking Your Way to Low Fat Cooking" A gardener who enjoys cooking and eating and loves to think outside the box A garden volunteer at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden Conduct hands-on cooking workshops for teenagers Conduct cultural programs for children and family Conduct healthy cooking classes for adults
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22 Responses to Harvest Monday, July 3, 2017 – Container Ginger Update + Containers Harvest

  1. The ginger you gave me has sprouted, too, Norma– thank you for sharing! It will be fun to watch it over the summer. I will have to dig out the large 4-O-clock in the pot; a plant nearby last fall must have dropped a seed in there. Onions are biennial, so it is not surprising that onions planted from last years crop will flower this year– you may have to harvest earlier than seed grown onions to avoid bolting. But what a nice crop!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Susan,
      Glad to learn your container ginger sprouted too, meant to ask you on Thursday. Will keep a close watch on my container onions, thanks for info.

  2. Cool! Beautiful blue kohlrabi and those carrots greens are so tender and fresh.

  3. Those carrots and onions do look happy in the containers Norma! My ginger was slow to get going this year too. I put mine in the ground, and I hope it does as well as it did last year.

  4. Phyllis Smith says:

    I was lucky recipient of carrots and peppermint Swiss chard which I promptly ate. Carrots were very sweet and chard was just delicious steamed with butter, pepper & salt. Thanks Norma!

  5. Phuong says:

    Your carrots and onions look fantastic. It’s amazing how fast your ginger is growing. My kohlrabi has the same marks on the outside as yours, I thought maybe it was from slug damage.

  6. Eva Taylor says:

    I am constantly amazed at your harvest, simply beautiful. As for the onion names, the one on the left is Bob and on the right looks like Sheldon (a little stunted growth but has a sharp sense of humour!)

  7. maryhysong says:

    I’ve tried growing ginger before, but not sure we have a long enough season to actually before useful. Also it’s so dry here a lot of things just burn up. Perhaps when I get a real greenhouse I’ll try again. That’s a new chard variety to me. I usually grow the Rainbow Silverbeet or the Bright Lights. My customers like them all. The onions are great; I did an experimental patch this year, planting seed in Sept/Oct and planting out as soon as they were big enough. those made wonderful big bulbs. A recommended January planting were very tiny. So only fall planting for me!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Mary,
      I use to grow Bright Lights chard, but due to limited space decided to just stick with Peppermint. Never tried fall planting of onion, maybe I will try this year. Thanks for the idea.

  8. Balvinder says:

    The carrot and kohlrabi harvest is very impressive.

  9. Ginger… I def want to have a go at growing ginger. Now that I live in a beautiful climate that is perfect for growing, I’m finding everything is flourishing. How long does ginger take to grow?

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Anna,
      Ginger is very slow growing. Where you are, however, you may be able to leave the ginger in the ground year round and just harvest sections as needed.

  10. Somy says:

    Hi Norma,
    Everything especially the carrots look fantastic! This year is the first time I am growing carrots, some in a pot & some in the ground, we’ll see how it does. I was beginning to give up on my ginger also, but there’s a shoot that’s about 5″ tall. I have a question about when to pull the onions. I have purple onions in the ground, but only 1/3 of it is visibly out of the ground, should I harvest it?

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Somy,
      You can harvest onion any time to use in cooking, but if you want to store them then harvest when the tops are brown. Harvest any onion that show signs of bolting.

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