Before we get to the Chinese greens, let me get the weather off my chest. Just like Susie, last night we had below 0C (32F) temperatures for a couple of hours. And now it's 26C (79F). A difference of 29 degrees over less than 12 hours...talk about a roller coaster!
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why my planting out date for things like peppers and tomatoes isn't until the last week of May. The weather is fickle at this time of year - I just have to firmly remind myself of that when we are having July like weather in the first week of May and the temptation hits to get things in the ground sooner.
I have fairly hardy plants outside right now, so no protection was needed, although I did cover the potato bed with a bit of Agribon as some foliage had started poking out of the soil. I had intended to get a bunch of seedlings, such as the lettuce, planted out yesterday, but decided to wait until today instead. I brought all of them inside last night to ride out the sub zero temps.
On to the Chinese greens. I was a bit more timely when sowing them than I was with the broccoli, being only 2 (vs. 3) weeks behind schedule.
Up until now, I had only grown one type of Chinese green - Choy. Last year I grew Joi Choi Hybrid and Mei Qing Choi (see my End of Season Review for details on these). I will be growing both of them again this year, and adding 5 new Chinese green varieties to the lineup…hence my space issues in the brassica beds.
Ching Chang Choy (50 days, Baker Creek) & Green Fortune (50 days, Renee's)
|Ching Chang Baby Choy|
Photo source: Baker Creek
|Green Fortune Baby Choy|
Photo source: Renee's
|Green Fortune - 3 Weeks|
|Ching Chang before they disappeared - 3 Weeks|
I am starting a few more of these and will be planting them out in the empty spot in the broccoli section, or anywhere else I can fit them in. If they germinate, that is.
Kyoto Mizuna (43 days, Pinetree)
|Photo Source: Pinetree|
|Mizuna - 3 Weeks|
Tatsoi (45-50 days, Pinetree)
|Photo Source: Pinetree|
|Tatsoi - 3 Weeks|
Kai Lan/Gai Lan 60-70 days, Baker Creek)
|Photo source: Baker Creek|
|Kai Lan - 3 Weeks|
I just transplanted the Mei Qing Choi a couple of days ago, but the Joi Choi was another seeding disappointment (sigh...) and I ended up with only 2/4 transplants. I have sowed a few more & the seeded cells are currently on the heat mat.
|Mei Qing - 3 Weeks|
|Joi Choi - 3 Weeks|
The yellow/pink ones are a Darwin Hybrid Mix and the Burgundy tulips are a variety called "Ronaldo".
A thank you to Jo for the tip on taking top-down photos of tulips for a kaleidoscope effect - it's such a beautiful perspective.
Till next time...