Outdoor Greens, Fall 2010

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First of the attempted fall greens went out - 2 kaboko chinese cabbage, in a growbox with the tomande tomato. Probably too early, but they've survived a week so far.

1.5 week kaboko chinese cabbages (2) moved in with tomande tomato - may be way too early/warm 

Just started some roman emperor romaines for the next wave.

20100821: started next wave of greens: 3 each of Kaboku chinese cabbage, new Orient Express chinese cabbage, spinach Space, Korean red and green curl (Seoul Ruby and Green Giant). Three are in mini (Orient Express + one each curl lettuces), the rest in a Park Starts block. Unsure that'll work for spinach... may need to be direct-sown.

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Some real freezes now - only

Some real freezes now - only a couple annual flowers still survive. Picked the last of the lettuces this afternoon. Still have 3 cabbages out, one chard, and one spinach. Still picking caterpillars off the cabbages, so apparently it hasn't been cold enough yet...

14 week Chinese cabbage, 11 week spinach and Korean curl lettuces - picked lettuces today 

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Greens aren't dead yet.

Greens aren't dead yet. Forecasts of hard freezes come and go... So, unfortunately the aphids aren't dead yet, either. I dunno why the aphids are so bad at this place.

13 week chinese cabbage, 10 week spinach and Korean curl lettuces - ate the rest 13 week chinese cabbage - picked the other in this tub, and removed outer, aphid-encrusted leaves from this one 13 week Chinese cabbage Half dozen 10-week Korean curl lettuces, and 1.5 chinese cabbages from outdoors 

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Greens still dawdling

Greens still dawdling along... Gave most of them some Miracle Gro again after pictures.

12 week Chinese cabbage finally starting to look like a cabbage 9 week korean curl lettuces and a tiny spinach upper right carmen pepper (no fruit) and 2 chinese cabbages - small one is an aphid trap, ish (12 weeks?) swiss chard most vivid thing left in the garden (lawn guys broke off a bunch of its biggest leaves) 

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Greens are doing much better

Greens are doing much better with rain and cold. Promised frosts never reached the top of my ridge, though low-lying grass was totally frosted one morning. Now it's not so cold.

11 week Chinese cabbage - ate the bigger one of this pair already 11 week Chinese cabbage, 8 week korean curl lettuces, one spinach, 3rd season chard lower right 

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Harvested the biggest

Harvested the biggest lettuces and half of the smaller ones before first forecast freeze. The little lettuces were still alright today... we'll see. First lettuce harvest was a major drag - washed each leaf by hand, and still couldn't get rid of the aphids. Second harvest, I just dumped them directly into a bowl of detergent water and let them soak in it an hour, and then washed. Much better.

10 week kaboko cabbage, 7 week curl lettuces and a spinach - harvested half the lettuces before first freeze. Needed thinning. 

There's 3 more chinese cabbages, but didn't bother with more pictures. Actually, the others look better, though.

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Yeah, I'm unclear on that,

Yeah, I'm unclear on that, too (whether heads have formed). No seed stalks yet... They don't look much like the picture of kaboko cabbage or orient express. We're around the 60 day point, which is the earliest the kaboko was supposed to be done, and 2 weeks past for the orient express. But they didn't get the greatest growing conditions, what with temperatures and caterpillars and whatnot.

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I lifted this from some

I lifted this from some website as I don't know myself: Cut the heads at soil level when they are compact and firm and before seed stalks form, usually 50 to 80 days after sowing.

I'm a little unsure if you have the heads properly formed yet?

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Some of the lettuces are

Some of the lettuces are ready to harvest when I get around to it.

9 week korean curl lettuces and chinese cabbage - are they done yet? 9 week chinese cabbages - are they done? 9 week chinese cabbage, 6 week korean curl lettuces and one lame spinach (giant chard lower right) Ate the radishes, tossed the other holey cabbage 6 week korean curl lettuces just not thriving in those pots - moved to other side of the driveway... 

When should I harvest the cabbages? I've never grown cabbages successfully before. To whatever extent these are successful. I thought they'd get taller.

 

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Aphids on the rise again, but

Aphids on the rise again, but at least the greens are getting bigger. Started harvesting the bigger lettuces. Lots of rain and cool and wind this week, nights in the 40's now. Not sure what will persuade the cabbages to head.

8 week korean curl lettuces and chinese cabbage 11 week romaine 8 week chinese cabbages 8 week chinese cabbages, 5 week radishes, korean curl lettuces, one spinach 5 week korean curl lettuces 

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Doing much better with

Doing much better with greens-appropriate temperatures. Though - the right temperatures may be short-lived. Cabbages should continue to grow after a frost. Frost probably destroys lettuce.

7 week korean curl lettuces and chinese cabbages 10 week romaine 7 week chinese cabbages golden zinnias and a 10 week romaine 7 week chinese cabbage plus 4 week radishes, korean curl lettuces, one spinach 4 week korean curl lettuces 

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