Spring weather always brings on a craving for salads for me. So I have been out
in the garden toiling away. But my problem with growing fresh and tasty veg and
salad greens is that I tend to plant and forget.
So I took on the advice from my stash of gardening mags and am growing them close to the door. [The veg that is, not the magazines, though they tend to grow better than anything I plant.] Easy access and easy to remember to water them when I leave the house and return. The sunny front porch provided an excellent heat source to kick start the potatoes and zucchini, which I planted way too early but they are thriving as you can see.
The zucchini is in an upside down hanging growbag. I added nasturtiums to attract bees to pollinate the flowers. I think I overplanted the potato sacks but we’ll see closer to Christmas. One lot grew faster than the other so hopefully I’ll have a staggered supply of high antioxidant purple gems and yummy Nicola taters.
I have the shallow rooted salad greens planted in small tubs with holes drilled in the bottom for drainage. My plan is to have a series of tubs of greens on the go,
resowing seed every few weeks. That then presented me with a dilemma. How to
keep track of which greens were which?
So here we have the Mesclun mix of lettuce.
Easy as. The idea came from a recycling site on the web (I’ll try to find it again to give credit). The site had people drilling holes in wine corks, but I found I could simply push a nail in easily and then twist the skewer through to where it sat stable.
I can simply write labels directly on the white containers I have. Can’t do that yet though as I can’t remember which one had the rocket seeds and which has the Drunken Woman lettuce. Yes, that is a name of lettuce variety from The Lost Seed, and not the reason for not remembering which one is planted with which.
I’m having similar problems – as in identifying which pot has which plant – with the mini pumpkin, yellow squash, and the remaining zucchini seedlings. The leaves look exactly the same to me. Can anyone tell me how to identify them? Or I can wait and be surprised.
In future I will be recycling more champagne corks and the like as labels
when I plant, not after. Old CDs reportedly make good labels too. I wonder if they will detract birds too?
Do you have any tips to share?