Just a quick update on the progress of our little veggie garden:
The radishes we planted from seed are growing like 5 o’clock shadow. Bok choy is giving them a run for their money, and I am personally pulling for the beets! (Well, technically not pulling yet…)
Some we started as seedlings (red beets, bok choy, red cabbage, broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts) and a number of other varieties from seed (carrots, golden beets, radishes, onions, leeks, arugula, Japanese spinach, kale, a little cilantro and “braising greens” which is really a mix of beets, chard and such). Our seed selection was quite limited as we hit up the Brooklyn Botanical Garden in September and they were pushing all the left overs on clearance… end of the season, you know.
As we didn’t get anything put in the ground until rather late in the summer (Sept 25th), we steered our selections toward cool climate and fast growing crops. I am noticing that only the carrots seem to be struggling, and that is in all likelihood due to a large tree casting a shadow on that patch through much of the morning.
This is really just our first experiment, and we are already quite impressed with the progress of our plants so far. It hasn’t yet dipped down to frosty temperatures at night, so those little carrot and arugula sprouts will hopefully have a wee bit longer to become strapping young plants before the real fall weather.
We may be stir frying bok choy this weekend!