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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I think they really need to

I think they really need to pare down the benefits for the ages before me, so there's something left by the time I retire. I shall very much not be amused after paying for everyone else's retirement all these years, to not get what I'm supposed to get. Sad, doesn't even begin to cover it. I was born at the very end of the baby boom, so there are a stunning number of people just ahead of me at the trough, and a stunning dearth of taxpayers just after.

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still have a long way to go

still have a long way to go to retirement. If ever  I was going to laugh, thinking you might be one of those A types, but unfortunately that might not be funny as SS may be gone soon and you may not have a choice.  That's sad. 

 

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I'm not sure I'd care for the

I'm not sure I'd care for the migratory lifestyle. Maybe. Knock on wood - still have a long way to go to retirement. If ever.

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If I could afford it, I'd do

If I could afford it, I'd do it too.

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There are lots of Connecticut

There are lots of Connecticut - Florida snowbirds, esp. in my mother's retired generation. Several of her friends do it. Not that Connecticut is really far north. Quite temperate, most years. September-October is the most beautiful time of year.

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If I had my "druthers", I'd

If I had my "druthers", I'd live up in the far north somewhere in the summer, and here in late fall, winter, and early spring.  The weather here is absolutely gorgeous then. 

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CT has a nice 4-season

CT has a nice 4-season climate. But I fear this may be another cold winter, since the summer was hot for such a short time. No doubt I'll wish I were living down there for some stretch of the winter.

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This dang thing just lost my

This dang thing just lost my comment!!

 

What I said was, condensed, you are very fortunate.  I'm still wishing for cooler weather here.  It's still very hot. 

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It's suddenly turned back to

It's suddenly turned back to greens season. Some have already started picking up. Didn't bother taking pictures of the annual bed chard and railing planter toy choi and mustard greens - they're seedlings.

Lettuce and spinach lettuces Chard, nonperforming spinach, an oler romaine lettuce Greens not really taking off yet. 

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The summer greens deserve to

The summer greens deserve to be yanked. But starting to transplant out the fall crop now. Herbs coming along.

chard aren't getting anywhere 3 week spinach (back left) and lettuce seedlings planted out under Bucks County tomato. The cuke is in its own pot. Lemon basil and sweet basil. The lemon is strongly lemony! Made some tea with it... Pineapple and variegated sage, calibrachoa, some flowering succulent. Herbs - dill, basil, oregano, pineapple sage. 

Took me a while to realize that the grey blocks I lined my new garden patch with, were leaching alkalinity. Everything's been doing much better now that I've been adding some acid Miracle Gro there. The sages pot probably also needs a lot more fertilizer - pretty crowded. The cilantro died (I stepped on it ).

 

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