We're up to 15 days now. I really like the pumped drain feature on the Farms. I did a drain and refill yesterday on both units and it was pretty painless to have themselves into a bucket! I'll need to do my smaller units later, but I need to dig out my siphon from storage first and I was just too tired after doing both Farms.
Brassicas: Something's wrong with my Chinese cabbage. The bok choy looks beautiful but the loose leaf is yellowy and browning in spots. I thought maybe it was needing nutrients because I noticed it right before I added them. How long does it usually take to see a visual improvement if there's a nutrient deficiency? I raised the lights a bit today hoping that will help as well. They're currently about 6 inches above the plants, and the Farm recommends 4-6" above. I will also probably harvest my two little radishes soon. They're getting noticeably bigger every day.
Southern Greens: My southern greens are looking amazing! I love kale, collards, and chard so I'm pretty stoked about those, but I did just notice that someone ate a leaf off that front kale after I had taken this picture, and I'm pretty sure it's grey, furry, and in my profile picture.
Herbs: Sorry about the crusties. I need to wipe it down. The single baby cilantro leaf is adorable.
My two little radish experiments needed to come out of the garden today because they were about to outgrow their basket home.
Can definitely see it in the second picture.
Made a salad for dinner with the radishes and microgreens. The radishes were very tender and sweet. It was a fun little experiment but not worth the cost in sponges and garden real estate for one harvest. They were quick gratification though since I only planted them 16 days ago, but there's that old adage, "Just because you can doesn't mean you should." For science!
I really need to start harvesting the lettuce. Like, right now heh. Lucked out with a snow day today so I think my first lettuce harvest will be lunch today! I've cut out a couple bok choy already and made a stir fry, and thinned out the loose leaf cabbage a little, but the lettuce is thick. Hand for scale.
Big Things: Had to move the big kohlrabi leaf out of the way a little so we could see the Fairy Tale Eggplant in the back corner.
Southern Greens: I have a very overzealous chard plant in there that needs cut back. I didn't realize they would grow out so much and thought they'd grow straight up more.
Herbs: Still no sign of rosemary life.
Salad Greens: This Harvest unit is a replant. There are mustard greens in the back left, arugula in the front/mid left, upland cress in the mid/back right, and my spinach survivors in the front right. They actually made it from seed, and the longer one survived being pulled out of the pod by my cat and left on the carpet. I did my best putting it back in, but it is what it is, and what it is is growing hehe.
Harvested some of the smaller bok choy and loose leaf cabbage plants to go in an oxtail soup for dinner, and free up some space for the bigger plants. I never really thinned them so there were two in each pod, but I think they'll do better with just one as recommended. The soup is so, so good.
Lettuce: Yesterday was Day 28 with this first planting. I've had several large salads from the lettuce already, and it shows no sign of thinning out. I've found that I really do need to keep the lights higher than recommended because the lettuce doesn't seem to like the lights closer than 8".
Brassicas: My bok choy and Chinese cabbage are doing their thing and getting really big. After cutting some out to saute I threw some mustard greens in the now-open slots just to give me some quick growing texture for my salads.
Big Stuff: So the kohlrabi is getting massive and I had to prune away some leaves because they were beginning to cover neighbors, like this massive leaf that had to go. I'll need to do some trimming on some of the others as well. My peas are just growing on up and I have to keep raising the lights.
Tomatoes: Tomatoes seem to be doing okay. They're growing out more than up, but I hope they get there. I got these big XL units to give them space and they're still so tiny! But it has only been a month. Patience, Grasshoppah.
Southern Greens: I have one rainbow chard plant right in the middle with enormous leaves but the stalks are still pretty small. Can't wait to get them nice and big.
Herbs: I pruned the basil down today to start the bushing process. The leaves I cut off were so big. I'm glad to see the thyme and rosemary finally joining the race.
Salad Greens: More mustard greens, plus arugula, cress, and spinach. The spinach is getting nice, big leaves! I ended up taking some of the mustard leaves for a salad last night right after I took the photo. I love the frizzy varieties for texture. Some arugula also made it in, and boy was it peppery... far more than I'm used to from the store!
The petunias I planted in a Sprout in my classroom have also finally sprouted. Can't wait for them to get going.
Last Edit: Jan 23, 2020 23:47:11 GMT -5 by shevraeth: Typos