Had many first these past 2 weeks. The stars are Container Figs and Blackberries.
The above is one day’s harvest from my one container plant.
Figs are extra large this year.
At the end of last year my kids helped me to transplant the fig tree into a larger container and added lobster compost to fill the container. Guessing that’s the reason for the larger figs and was worth the expense.
The above photo shows figs at various stages of maturity. Unripe, each fig stands up tall and straight, as it ripens it bends at the stem. Fig is ready will fully bent and soft to the touch. The fig on the left should be ready in a day or two.
Unfortunately critter/s have discovered the ripened figs and many are missing I also see partially eaten figs strewn on the driveway. Now I must pick before each fig is fully ripen to the stage I like.
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Lost the first crop of ripened blackberries as they were sitting at the top of the plant in plain sight of the birds.
The above blackberries were hidden among the branches making them harder for the birds to get to.
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Sweet potatoes are growing very well now and I feel comfortable cutting some of the leaves for cooking without worrying about affecting the tubers.
There 2 kinds of sweet potato leaves – most varieties have heart-shaped leaves while a few varieties have deep-cut leaves, both are edible.
Using Sweet Potato Leaves
Sweet potato leaves are highly nutritious. Both the leaf and leaf stem are edible, and like spinach shrinks a lot after cooking:
♥ Saute like you would spinach, leave whole or cut into bite-sized pieces or thin strips.
♥ Spinach substitute in soups, e.g. Italian Stracciatella soup, Wonton soup, Bean soup, …..
♥ Vegetable in pot sticker dumplings,
♥ Combine with other vegetables in frittata, quiche
♥ Combine with other vegetables in ravioli, lasagna, …..
♥ In curry sauce with coconut milk
♥ Sauteed leaves as pizza topping, bruschetta or lettuce substitute in sandwiches, …..
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Both Red Noodles Beans and Green Chinese Long Beans are starting to produce.
The Red Noodles are very pretty hanging on the vines in the garden.
The Long Greens were a bit later than the Red Noodles but are catching up.
Click here to learn about Chinese Long Beans.
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Container Bok Choys are doing well. There are 6 plants in the container below, way too crowded.
Just noticed the water droplets on the bok choy leaves in above photo look like spider mites infestation.
Pulled 3 of the larger White Stem Bok Choy to give the other 3 smaller ones room to grow.
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Due to their sizes Mei Qing Choi are well suited for growing in window box.
I harvested the outer leaves from each plant, then sprinkled granular fertilizer around each plant and watered well. Should be harvesting more outer leaves soon.
My family of rabbits are multiplying but veggies are safe since I elevated the window boxes.
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New family members
Where is Mama Deer?
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