Minis 2010

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Replanted both minis this past week.

Greens:  bibb lettuce, tom thumb lettuce, and corn salad.

Flowers: brachychome and gazanias.

1 week greens, maybe 5 days flowers. 5 week carmen pepper in center, new pineapple sage cuttings behind it. 

November 8, 2010: I edited this post for testing purposes.

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Minis both served on the

Minis both served on the Christmas Eve table:

Christmas eve quiche supper - AG lettuce, vinca almost-4 week KRC lettuce - cropped for Christmas Eve supper 

All AG's growing fine. The 7-podder romaines had a setback - put cotton beneath the pod sponges because they were getting too sodden. When I removed the cotton, lost some root, but they'll recover.

4 week KRC lettuce 4 week (in AG) vinca from cuttings 2 week all-season romaines - thinned, suffered a bit of root-pruning 

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All Aerogardens happy.    

All Aerogardens happy.

3 week KRC lettuce - wait first harvest to Christmas Eve 3 week in mini, both vinca cora, I think 1 week mixed all-season romaine 

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First vinca bloom! Pretty

First vinca bloom! Pretty good - only 2+ weeks in the Aerogarden from rooted cutting! Vinca's pretty slow from seed - first flowers would have taken 8 weeks? 12? in a cool room.

2+ weeks in mini from rooted cutting - first bloom open :) 

But - I think this is apricot vinca cora, not apricot mediteranean broadeye vinca. I thought I'd only taken broadeye cuttings this time around, but maybe not.  This is a picture of the two of them together this summer. Notice how the broadeye petals are spaced wide. The cora petals overlap, the bright dot in the middle is pretty small, and the leaves are rounder . Cora also has an upright habit, not trailing. Well, hopefully I've got both in the Aerogarden... should be able to tell soon.

mediterranean apricot broadeye trailing vinca, and a volunteer vinca cora from last year (bottom center) 

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Yeah, I've had these

Yeah, I've had these Aerogardens quite a while - 3 years now? None of them are original equipment - the minis use an external air pump, and after my Deluxe base died, I cobbled the Deluxe hood onto my Pro100 base (Aerogrow chipped in an extension cord). Add another kind of power cord, and another airpump, and I could get back up to 4 systems again.

They're very good at lettuce and flowers and herbs. Bigger and more long-lived things get frustrating.

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Your minis have given you

Your minis have given you good service, I've been looking back at all the plants you've done, quite a few.

I really should dig out and dust down the AG's one day, poor things haven't been used for many months now, that's whats left of them after all the butchering I've done. I think I can make a whole one from two though.

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Happy plants. Replanted

Happy plants. Replanted 7-podder with mixed "all season romaines" tonight.

2 week KRC lettuce - pretty advanced 2 week (in mini) vinca cuttings - flower buds should open soon 10 week KRC lettuce - the end (ate 'em for supper) 

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New mini gardens well started

New mini gardens well started - lettuce growing fast! The 7-podder lettuce needs replanting. More kitchen-heat-tolerant romaines next, probably. I use the oven this time of year...

1 week KRC lettuce - already has red-freckled true leaves, thinned to 2 per pod 1 week from transplant into mini, rooted vinca cuttings growing nicely 9 week KRC lettuce, starting to remove bolting plants 

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Replanted both minis - one

Replanted both minis - one Korean red curl, the other vinca cuttings. The 7-pod garden looks like it needs replanting, too, but that's mostly because it was over-harvested last night for salad. Soon, though.

8 week chinese cabbage - harvested today 16 week profusion zinnias, retired today 8 week Korean curl lettuces - harvested salad for 4 last night rooted vinca cuttings finally get spot in mini - 3 weeks from cutting? 4? 

P.S. The earlier vinca cuttings I gave to my mother are blooming away, still a bit chlorotic but doing better. Her marigolds and zinnias look nice with them (zinnias just starting to flower at about 2 mos). She has a 7-pod classic in a sunny western window - perfect for sprawling vinca.

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All of these to be replanted

All of these to be replanted RSN. I have some vinca rooting to replace the zinnias. Dunno about the next greens. Lot of baking this time of year, so if lettuce in the kitchen, probably romaines.

7 week chinese cabbage - ate shaded leaves 15 week profusion zinnias, heavily pruned yesterday 7 week Korean curl lettuces still producing, vinca rooting to left 

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6 week Chinese cabbage alone now, 16 15 week profusion zinnias - removed 1 plant, remaining cherry getting brighter 6 week Korean curl lettuces, getting leggy 

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