Aerogarden Lettuce & Flowers 2012

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Should have put this in a new topic last week... No longer 2011!

Replanted the 7-pod garden yesterday, and started replacements for the 3-podders as well, in a Park Starts block. Camera battery died before I got pix of the minis but they look much the same, except the Korean red curl is getting kinda spent.(Edit:  added mini pix.)

   

One nice side effect of growing the vinca in the AG mini is that I've been collecting vinca seed this past week. Vinca cora and the mediterranean broadeye vinca do reseed themselves out in my garden, and the plants come out pretty nice, though rather late in the summer if they grow from last year's seed outdoors. Nice replacement plants, anyway. But it's hard to collect the seed outdoors. Much easier from the AG.

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 This summer crisp lettuce

 This summer crisp lettuce really seems to like heat better than cool! I was only hoping it would tolerate the kitchen - didn't expect it to do better in the kitchen than in my chilly office. Where it underperforms, badly. Oh, well.

4 week Nevada summer crisp lettuce - harvesting (it's a heading lettuce, but can harvest outer leaves) 6 week Nevada summer crisp lettuce - harvesting - may harvest some heads tonight - staying very short! 

3 week lettuce - Summer Crisp lettuce seems to prefer the warm kitchen 5 week lettuce - still growing slow, but eat a leaf now and then

Also harvested my first indoor AG-grown tomato of the season.  Not bad. This is growing inside my custom AG lightscreen. The plant looks like hell - fungus, possibly late blight, and probably TMV as well. But, the rest of the first flush of 8 full-size tomatoes are ripening, and a second flush of 7 is blueberry-to-strawberry-sized.

15 week tomato - first harvest! good, a bit sour - typical tomato first-fruit 15 week tomato - first harvest! good, a bit sour - typical tomato first-fruit

We had a lovely false spring week last week - should have gotten a pansy picture when 3 were in bloom. Arctic blast due tomorrow, so this may be the last blooming outside for a while. Actually, it might even get cold enough to kill a pansy.

best January-blooming pansy - blue pansies seem to bloom best in winter, dunno why

 

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The new Nevada summer crisp

The new Nevada summer crisp lettuce looks really lovely! Grows as fast as "salad greens", but firmer reaction to winter dryness and kitchen warmth. I like it so far! Supposedly this variety can be harvested by removing leaves or waiting to crop head.

  3 week Nevada summer crisp lettuce - pretty plants

  

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 Baby pak choi all eaten. Was

 Baby pak choi all eaten. Was busy, so didn't start new lettuce for kitchen until today, and don't want to replant all the lettuce the same week, so... The AG mini lettuces will get more straggly. New lettuce for kitchen will be Nevada summer crisp - haven't tried it before. But the kitchen gets warm with all the cooking in winter - hard on the lettuce.

9 week bok choi - harvested remainder 10 week lettuce continued straggly - started new lettuce for kitchen, don't want them all the same age

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 Munch, munch... Need to

 Munch, munch... Need to replant the baby choi soon, but rain has been scarce.

8 week lettuces (4 KRC, 2 little caesar romaine) 8 week baby choi - harvesting

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 Latest lettuce and baby choi

 Latest lettuce and baby choi getting to harvest size.

6 week lettuces (4 KRC, 2 little caesar romaine) 6 week baby choi - may start eating soon

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 I let three of the

 I let three of the Aerogardens languish a while in summer. (The fourth is growing full-size tomatoes.) I need to start the next batch of plants - 7 more baby choi, at least 3 more romaines, and a new full-size tomato. Ran out of sponges, and wanted to try a different tomato variety. 

       6 week toy choi - already ate 2 of them

 

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