Second Harvest 2011
May 2, 2011

Thank you guys so much for your comments last week! I really appreciate them! And thanks to Daphne from Daphne’s Dandelions for hosting Harvest Monday!

Last week I picked some cut-and-come-again lettuce from my balcony – the first balcony harvest this year! I took a picture with my phone but couldn’t find the SD card reader to transfer it to the computer… but let me tell you, it was delicious! I also harvested a lot from the parents garden. But like last year, the bok choy is already starting to bolt! We’ve had some warmer days about two or three weeks ago, then it got cold and rainy again – not exactly what I’d call bolting weather. Any advice on how to prevent bok choy from bolting?

Clockwise from behind/left: Wild garlic (Allium ursinum, a little hard to recognize from the small picture) for pesto, lovage for salad dressings, "Easter egg" radishes, bok choy, lilacs for sirup, Asian greens and rhubarb in the middle. Please ignore the mess in the background.

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Seeds sown in week 15
April 22, 2010

Last week I sowed the following seeds on the balcony (on Saturday, 17th)

  • radish in the pot with nasturtiums

Radish is said to grow quite good in containers. There are different varieties, I sowed “Aspern”, which are rather big. They are already sprouting and seem to like the cold weather. I started the nasturtiums indoors, but they’ve already been outside for about three weeks. They were quite leggy, but they recuperate and become bushy. Nasturtiums are one of the easiest plants I know. They have beautiful flowers, and are edible as well. My variety is small and bushy, non clinging, the flowers are supposed to look rather “normal”, as you are used to, which means yellow, orange, red. The only disadvantage is that they attract aphids. Some gardener use this as advantage and plant the nasturtiums near other delicate plants, to attract to aphids to the nasturtiums and away from the other plant. I’m not so sure whether that really works…

  • cilantro

Is said to not mind the cold weather. Hasn’t sprouted yet. I’ve never grown this before and am not really familiar with the taste of cilantro, so I’m looking forward to the first harvest!

  • lovage

Many non-central-europeans don’t know it, but pu-leeeeease try it, it’s great! It tastes like a famous soup spice called “Maggi” in german, so some people call lovage Maggi-herb. You can put it (lovage) in soups, which adds a spicy taste. I personally like to put it into salads. As it’s name says, it’s lovely! The plant can grow up to 1 metre high and is perennial. Not yet sprouting.

  • mesclun

Forgot about the variety, but it’s already sprouting! I plan to harvest only the outer leaves, so it will grow again for a second and maybe third harvest.

  • arugula

Same as with mesclun. I plan to let some plants of the greens bolt, to get the pretty flowers and seeds for next year. Yes, they are sprouting!

The weather is still rather cold, especially in the morning and at night, that might be the reason why the herbs aren’t sprouting yet. I plan to keep you up-to-date on what’s growing with photos every Saturday. Plus I’m gonna show you what has started indoors and what I sowed this week. By now, the focus is more on edible than on mediterranean – it’s just so much fun!