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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Little Caesar and Roman Emperor romaines delicious (picking leaves). Bloomsdale longstanding spinach germinated (can't see). Herbs. Dill doing well, basil and oregano not, pineapple sage cuttings (2 new, 1 planted last week) (they look like mint). 4 week lettuce box + komatsuna (the biggest greenest). 2 week lettuce/radish/spinach, not much germinated. Added heatwave lettuce seeds. 

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Picked last of the mustard

Picked last of the mustard greens and toy choi from the railing planters, plus all remaining baby's leaf spinach, as they were all starting to bolt. Also picked the one big KRC lettuce - it was where a pepper need to go. Replaced some of the baby's leaf spinach with warmer-tolerant bloomsdale longstanding. Though... at maturity 45 days from now, it'll probably be hotter than bloomsdale can stand, too.

Final baby leaf spinach harvest (4 plants)  Roman emperor and little caesar romaines. Cropped baby leaf spinach, planted bloomsdale longstanding in its place. 3 week self-watering greens box. Biggest to right are komatsuna, rest assorted lettuces. 1 week, 2nd greens-only planter. Biggest are radishes. herb pot (2 kinds of sage, 2 each dill, basil, oregano) 

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Last icicle radish - didn't taste any better bigger Toy choi and mustard green harvest. Toy choi starting to bud - tastes like broccoli.  Spinach, 2 kinds of romaine, magda squash, bucks county tomato. Korean red curl and baby leaf spinach 2 week greens box. Planted another today. Transplanted out - dill, basil, tiny oregano, pineapple sage, variegated sage.

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Windowbox greens really took

Windowbox greens really took off this week, finally. The radishes... the red ones were good, but the white icicle ones I didn't like. Something went wrong in the little pink tub - tossed yesterday. (There are 4 railing planters growing greens, but they're all similar.)

Muddy mustard greens, pansies, and chives. Toy choi, pansies, and chives. Bottom left pansy is Pandora's box, grew last year from seed (survived winter). 1 week greens box - four seasons, buttercrunch, komatsuna, KRC, little caesar, Silvia red romaine. Insecticidal marigold, KRC, spinach. Spinach, roman emperor romaine, little caesar romaine, Bucks County tomato. 

 

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Greens really took off during

Greens really took off during the pocket heatwave last weekend. Cropped a couple heads of Little Caesar romaine. The mustard and toy choi won't be harvestable in their usual 30 days - took a couple weeks to germinate in the cold. But at least they're picking up now, the mustard greens faster than the toy choi.

Spinach, roman emperor romaine back, little caesar romaine front.  Korean red curl and baby leaf spinach. Cropped the two romaines in this pot.  A little caesar romaine picked whole to eat.  4 railing planters much like this - pansies, overwintered chives, baby tendergreen mustard and toy choi.  New self-watering windowbox = lettuce pot. Planted 6 varieties.  Red and white radishes. Ate biggest one - they have another couple weeks to go.  Radish tub. White icicle radishes split stems just like red ones... Even the toy choi has pink stems in here. Contagious? :) 

Oh, I finally tried eating the radish greens - on an immature icicle radish. Aside from being spiny, it was really quite good.

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Still growing, still slowly.

Still growing, still slowly. They may take off this weekend during a pocket heatwave.

 Spinach back, roman emperor romaine seedlings behind kozy coat, little caesar romaines front. 2 little caesar romaines, korean red curl lettuce, baby's leaf spinach. Toy choi and mustard greens still getting started.  Terracotta flambe pansies and overwintered chives.

I'll catch a picture of the radishes tomorrow, but they haven't grown much.

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Greens growboxes gradually

Greens growboxes gradually taking off. Spinach have grown more than it looks, since I've been nibbling at them. The greens seeds I planted in the saddle planters (toy choi & mustard, mostly) are also sprouting, as are new seedings of radishes and Roman Emperor romaine.

White and red radishes. Toy choi and mustard greens sprouting. Pansies (new and overwintered) still not flowering. Overwintered chives. Seeded lawn (right). Greens growbox - little caesar romaine front, 4 spinach rear, new roman emperor romaine seedlings in back of teepee. 2 romaines, 1 korean red curl, 1 baby leaf spinach (the one that went out first in a teepee). LC and spinach planted 2/14. 

With most of these greens, the idea is to get a quick crop in before summer crops take those spots. Radish, toy choi, and mustard greens are all less than 30 day crops, spinach and lettuce a bit slower.

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Greens still not growing very

Greens still not growing very fast, but they are growing. None of last week's seeds have sprouted yet, and weren't expected to. Took 2 of the spinach and 1 lettuce seedling from a growbox and put in a pot for my mother for Easter (her Easter present request).

Rear 4 baby leaf spinach, front 3 little caesar lettuce. Larger three from transplants. Growbox nutrient patch installed today.  2 Little Caesar lettuce, one Korean red curl, one baby's leaf spinach, all transplants. Fertilizer/plastic mulch installed today. 

Because of the kozy coats experiment, the greens got the growbox nutrients and plastic mulch today. That should speed them up some, especially the spinach! (Spinach adores lime and dolomite - last spring, the spinach went nuts when planted in the growbox with a fresh nutrient patch.) Hopefully it'll react the same, though it's still really cold. They've been tarped over with plastic the last couple nights, but will have to survive a freeze tonight with only the nearby water igloos for protection.

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Still growing, not very

Still growing, not very quickly. The transplanted spinaches don't do very well with gale-force winds, hence the plastic top today. Romaines don't seem to mind. Tried a little Miracle Gro on a spinach and a lettuce today, to see if it makes any difference. They've been getting lots of rain. I don't know that the Aqua Shield is doing the spinach much good. It'll lose it as soon as the cantaloupe seedlings are ready to put out.

spinach and lettuce under plastic for gale protection  baby leaf spinach in aqua shield  Little Caesar romaine

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The spinach and lettuce seeds

The spinach and lettuce seeds I planted a few weeks back, finally sprouted out in the Growbox. Chard still a no-show. They're sprouting in the opposite order from their cold-hardiness - lettuce first, then spinach, then chard.

Anyway, planted out the rest of my lettuce and spinach transplants. The first test transplant spinach spent the last week in a kozy coat. I swapped it into an aqua shield today instead. Maybe it'll like bluegreen light better than red. Red is more for plants you want to hunker down and grow a strong stem... Like a tomato. In any case, the leaky aqua shield was an eyesore downstairs, so it got banished up here.

6 week lettuce & spinach planted, spinach and lettuce seedlings appearing (no chard yet)  6-week little caesar romaine planted out today.  6-week-old baby leaf spinach switched from kozy coat to leaky aqua-shield - it's been outside 2 weeks. 

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