Monday, January 26, 2015

Another Kai Lan Harvest

Another round of harvest from my Kai Lan veggies.

Leaves are huge, but they are young and tender. You will know by touching the leaves. They are firm and soft to the touch. Time to harvest!

Harvested most of the leaves, leaving the Kai Lan plants still in the containers, hopefully they will grow more leaves very soon.

Stir-fried Kai Lan for dinner.

Happy Gardening !

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Lettuce Salad Leaves (My First Fresh Crispy Harvest for 2015)

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you had a great gardening year in 2014. May this year be an even better year for everyone. Cheers!

My first harvest in 2015 from my potted garden, are these fresh crispy delightful lettuce salad leaves. I harvested them on 3rd January to serve with some roasted duck which my sister brought over for a family get-together.

I bought the packet of seeds which says "Lettuce (Salad)" on the pack, and did not indicate the actual variety of these lettuce. What attract me to this pack is that, it states that, these lettuce leaves grows rapidly under hot and humid condition, well, I'm sold! Haha!

These are some of the seedlings which I transferred to this container. There's another container of seedlings.

See how the way they grew! The leaves are spread out in all directions! I did not expect this, I thought that they would grow all nice and proper as an individual plant each. Notice the four sticks sticking out from the four corners of the container? Well, there's a reason for that. Due to our recent rainy season, the growing leaves are "plastered" to the soil after a rain! So I have therefore, tent the container with the container cover, resting on the four sticks (I've used disposable chopsticks, very handy!) each time it rained! And I would leave the cover on throughout the night, as it usually rains in the late afternoon to late at night. I would remove the cover in the morning so that the lettuce gets to benefit from the full morning sun.

From sowing date to harvest : about 65 days.
 Fresh from the garden to the dining table. You can't get any fresher than that!

There are a few more lettuce plants which I've grown in individual pots, these would be great for my future sandwich! I have recently sowed more seeds. Maybe I should place the seedlings much closer together when I transferred them to a container, so that the leaves will have some sort of support when they are close together. I'll "experiment" on that and see how they fare. Looking forward to another harvest in a few months time!

Happy Gardening !

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Kai Lan

I sowed some Kai Lan seeds a few weeks ago, and tiny seedlings began to appear on the third day. I guess I sowed too many seeds, and got to thin out the seedlings as they are very close together. The packet says it is the Hong Kong Kai Lan variety.

at 21 days
I transferred some of the seedlings to this container.

 32 days
This is the container which I sowed the seeds in. After I thin out  and transferred most of the seedlings, there are 8 left in their original place. One later wilted.

38 days
They were growing rather slow at first..

 45 days - harvest day! 
in just a space of one week later, they really grew!
The leaves are huge, but I can tell by touching the leaves and the stems, they are young and firm, just right for picking! I could leave them a little longer and let them grew a little more, but I was really impatient to taste my kailan! :)

My kailan harvest. 

I harvested them this evening and these are stir-fried with lots of garlic, so good! Very tasty. I can taste the difference from the ones bought from the market, homegrown is so much yummier. The leaves and stems are young and tender. I should grow more of these! 

The rest of the kailan are rather slow in growing, and they are from the same batch of seeds that I sowed 45 days ago! I guess that this container did not get the morning sun, as the other container did. I placed them in different areas at my front porch, due to space limitation. This container only gets the mid-morning to late afternoon sun. I need to reorganize the positions of my vegetable containers, but it is a headache with so limited space.

I cut the stems a few inches from the base. The purplish part close to the soil, is the hard and woody stem, the green part above it, the young and tender stem. Hopefully there will be new side shoots soon. Keeping my fingers crossed.

My spring onions, which I have fully harvested last week. Photo was taken weeks earlier. Cannot get enough of these, I love spring onions! Of course, there's another new batch growing! :)

Happy Gardening !

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