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Second harvest!

November 6, 2008

Did you know that you can harvest bok choi piece-by-piece as it grows?? I didn’t! I’ve been waiting for the whole plant to get big like you buy in stores. But I did a search, and came across this site (which is an awesome-sounding Perth-based vegetable gardening business) which has advice on what to look for when you think your crops are ready. And they said you can harvest individual bok choi leaves like you can for looseleaf lettuces, simply break the stems off at the base, but leaving enough leaf mass to sustain the plant. I wonder how long I can harvest like this for? So, here is my bundle of veggies today:

second-harvest

I also pulled the last of the radishes from that sowing, as I didn’t want to eave them in any longer, as they have been growing for almost 6 weeks no and they tend to get slightly ‘spongey’ inside & lose flavour. So, I made my family a big salad to use up all the radishes, and I steamed my lovely bok choi for 4-5 minutes in my rice cooker/steamer machine. Such a nutritious meal!

First lettuce harvest!!

November 5, 2008

I bought some mixed mesclun from the greengrocer yesterday but it turned out I didn’t even need to! When taking my morning stroll through the garden, everything was looking so big & juicy I couldn’t help but collect some:

lettuce

I also pulled a radish, which I actually started harvesting in the last few weeks, but have been trying not to take too many study breaks to blog about it. My absolute favourite lettuce type was the green one in the centre of the photo, so crisp & buttery!!! If anyone can tell me the common name for this kind I would be oh so grateful, I’ll try to source it seperately because I only got a single plant of it in the mixed punnet of seedlings I bought. This made the most delicious salad ever to take to the library for lunch today!!

Also, I have been following the US election unfolding here in Australia, I found myself on the edge of my seat most of the day as CNN updated their map as the votes were counted. I am very happy with the result as is most of the Australian community! Well done Obama 🙂