Greens Growboxes 2009

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Might as well start the topic, since I planted my first green outside today.

4 week old spinach testing life outdoors. Added some lime - they respond well.  Tarped it over with plastic, spinach not growing faster than ones not planted out yet 

2009-03-28: The seeds sprouted outdoors. Transplanted out the rest of the Little Caesar romaine and baby leaf spinach I started under seedling lights.

2009-04-04: Sowed breakfast and icicle radishes in one growbox, along an edge. Transplanted out a 2-week-old pod of Korean red curl lettuce (2 plants) started in the pro100.

2009-04-05: Sowed Korean red curl and Roman Emperor romaine on growbox edges, tendergreen mustard and toy choi in railing planters. [Um, I forgot I planted red curl there, and placed a kozy coat over it... oh, well.]

2009-04-28 & 05-01: cropped 2 Little Caesar romaines (whole).

2009-05-01: Sowed new lettuce box - Buttercrunch, Kojisan komatsuna, Four Seasons, Korean Red Curl, Little Caesar, Silvia red romaine.

2009-05-13: Reaped one of the oldest spinach to make way for squash. Reaped last icicle radish full-size - really don't like the flavor. Sowed 4 more radish seeds (French Blush and Pointiville) amongst the baby cukes.

2009-05-16: Added tan container to the greens project - planted lettuces little caesar, four seasons, Korean red curl, plus French blush radishes, baby's leaf spinach, kojisan komatsuna. Reaped bunches of mustard greens and toy choi. The toy choi had started to bolt.

2009-05-21: Harvested all the cool weather baby's-leaf spinach and mustard greens - all suddenly bolting. Sowed a few Bloomsdale Longstanding spinach to replace some of the baby's leaf, plus another Pointiville radish for a no-show in the tomato-cuke box.

2009-06-16: Removed the last of the greens from the tomato / zucchini growbox. Harvested two Little Caesar romaines yesterday to salvage them from the aphids, and apparently killed the third somehow. The spinaches were getting absolutely nowhere, so pulled them, too. All the growbox radishes have been harvested now, too.

2009-07-05: Replanted 2nd tan tub in swiss chard - added some lime, slow release Miracle Gro, and some more potting mix on top. Left one silvia red romaine - it was the only green in that pot that looked surviveable.

2009-07-19: Planted spinach (baby leaf & bloomsdale), gonzales cabbage, lettuces krc, buttercrunch, little caesar, and one other... On seedling shelf for transplant outside in August.

2009-08-06: Transplanted a couple spinach and 5 or 6 lettuces into the Bucks County tomato growbox. (Used to be a Lebanese squash sharing it, but now it's pretty open beneath the tomato plant.) I didn't label, so don't know what kinds of lettuce or spinach.

2009-08-08: Yanked last of the leathery summer lettuce and planted for fall: transplanted out remaining 2 spinach, a cabbage, and a lettuce. Planted seeds for another cabbage, couple baby leaf spinach, lettuces KRC (just 2 seeds), roman emperor (5), little caesar (6).

2009-08-23: Planted chard (annual bed - should like the alkaline cinderblocks) and toy choi and mustard (mid-deck railing planters). I'm hoping the chard will look pretty into November in the annual bed.

2009-08-29 ? : Seeded toy choi and mustard greens in railing planters.

2009-09-06: Planted radishes and more toy choi.

2009-09-16: Planted more radishes, toy choi, mustard greens in railing planters. Probably last outdoor plants for this year - should have night-time lows in the 40's by next week.

2009-11-01: Put a cloche back on each growbox and seeded one with toy choi, one tendergreen mustard green, one Little Caesar romaine.

2009-11-10: The cloches are sprouting.

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Cloche plants still dawdling,

Cloche plants still dawdling, but noticeable progress on the top balcony. Gave up on the lettuce cloche on the driveway - 4 weeks and no true leaves, with only 2 seedlings germinated. Just too dark in that spot.

4 week mustard greens in cloche. Growing, very slowly - not much light. 4 week toy choi (and one older transplanted mustard green) in cloche. Very damp in there. 

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The cloche thing seems to be

3 week tendergreen mustard in cloche. Not much sun now.The cloche thing seems to be working, though the greens are growing very slowly. Temperature isn't a problem - it's a fairly warm November - but sunlight is thin and brief.

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Harvested my last outdoor

Only chard left growing outside, but visibly bigger this week. (Gave miracle gro, but also likes chilly weather.) Harvested my last outdoor lettuce and mustard greens on Friday, as the temp got down to 31 that night. Very leathery. Only swiss chard remains - and it's actually growing.

No germination yet in the cloches, at 7 days. Not too surprising.

In CT, on a cold winter, we often have first blizzard before Thanksgiving.

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The fall greens did dismally.

The fall greens did dismally. The lettuces maybe went out too early, caterpillars chowed down on the toy choi and tendergreen mustard, and all suffered from some fungus or another. But, just for grins, I thinned them today, and set up 3 of the cloches again, one each on the growboxes, seeded with little caesar romaine, toy choi, and mustard greens.

Lettuces and chard. Ate half the lettuces after the picture - stunted and leathery. More stunted lettuces and new cloche of tendergreen mustard. Tendergreen mustard and new-planted cloche of toy choi. There's a third cloche of little caesar romaine in the driveway. 

In 2.5 months, if not before, those growboxes will likely freeze solid. And the sunlight is very thin. But, we'll see what happens. I'll crop the leathery little lettuces sometime this week before a hard freeze, and the leathery little chard after a freeze.

I don't know whether the red or aqua cloches would have been better. The red ones look better... Both together look really dreadful, and I don't think there's enough light to tolerate 2 per growbox. Recharged the soil by digging in some Miracle Gro pellets.

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None of the fall greens are

None of the fall greens are thriving.

Lettuces haven't really taken off. Tomato just removed a week ago. Not especially colorful chard. Another chives, pansies, mustard greens. Toy choi, mustard greens, pansies and chives Toy choi, mustard greens, pansies and chives Lackluster lettuces. Greens never got happy. Cabbage, lettuce, radishes. Pansies, petunia, mustard greens and toy choi not doing so well 

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Some of the fall crops are

Some of the fall crops are beginning to look creditable.

Mustard greens with pansy and chives Toy choi, mustard greens, with pansy and chives. Forgot which greens the seedlings are. Lettuces look unhappy beneath the Buck's County tomato. Maybe fungal, maybe need fertilizer. Lettuces Chard Lettuce, cabbage, radishes. Not growing well, except the baby radishes. 

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Getting to that time of year

Getting to that time of year again...

lettuces starting to take off outdoors - these small ones ~5 weeks old Chard > 2 months old, finally getting somewhere. Spinach failed to thrive. ~1 week baby radishes Lettuces starting to take off, spinaches failed to thrive. Maybe 6-7 weeks old. Lettuce and cabbage not growing well, baby radishes sprouted. cabbage and nasturtiums not thriving, radishes not germinating well either. Herbs - pineapple sage, sweet basil, oregano. The dill got old & yanked. Have 3 planters like this - mustard greens & toy choi, chives, petunias, new pansies for fall/winter. 

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Ohhhhh  I'm so jealous!  Send

Ohhhhh  I'm so jealous!  Send me some!!    It's still sooo hot here. I'm tired of it.  Time for fall.

 

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I'll get there real soon now

I'll get there real soon now - 2 more years til daughter leaves for college. Scary to contemplate.

Supposed to get down to the mid-50's tonight. Definitely greens weather...

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My daughter is in that group,

My daughter is in that group, but she's planned it all to get her thru, thank goodness.  I don't have to worry about her.

I do understand your predicament tho.  I lived alone and sole support of 2 kids for a while.  Difficult to say the least.  At that time I was able to find jobs with health care with minimal amts from me.  Not always great, but gave me what I needed at the time.

Now I'm alone and wishing I wasn't.

Take care,

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