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September 6, 2011 at 8:49 AMComments: 6 Faves: 0

Week 14

From the Garden Experiment Blog Series

Welcome to week 14 of the Garden Experiment. If you've been keeping track, you'll noticed I skipped a few weeks. A big part of gardening is really just having patience and getting your watering routine down. It didn't make a whole lot of sense to post weekly once the garden started winding down, and now I'm thinking it's time to start wrapping up for the year, with at least some of the plants.

I thought a fun way to handle this blog post would be in the style of a high school yearbook, giving a list of "superlatives" and the plants that go with them. So here we go:

Class Clown: Mint... or whatever it is.

Whatever was in the Mint seed packet wasn't mint, but we're still not sure what it actually is. Several of our plants ended up with no female flowers, and therefore no fruits/vegetables grew from them. The flowers looked similar to cucumber plants we had going, so maybe that's what it was. All I know is I'm not holding my breath for that one to do anything spectacular.

Most Likely to Join the NBA: Sweet Peas

The sweet pea vines grew really, really, really, ridiculously tall. So tall, in fact, that we had to basically start winding it around itself into a massive sweet pea ball of doom. It's pretty epic, to be honest.

Most Shy/Quietest: Tomatoes

The tomatoes were brought in already partially grown, and despite watering and tender love and care, they haven't really done much since coming to the marketing jungle. They're definitely cut out for a much hotter climate than what we have to offer.

Most Dramatic: Radishes

Radishes seemed like a great plant to grow as they sprouted quickly, produced great big leaves, and... that's it. I dug up a few of the little guys weeks after their due date and still nothing but tiny little radishes, if even that. Lots of fuss for little payoff. Oh well.

Most Likely to Fall Asleep in Class: Lettuce

For some reason, the original box of lettuce one day just decided it was done, had enough of this, and died. It stopped producing and started looking all sick and just sad. No amount of tweaking its watering schedule helped, and it's on its last legs now. It's probably about time to call it quits on the lettuce and make room for this guy...

Most Likely to Succeed: Mustard Spinach

Mustard spinach came late to the game, but grew wicked fast. It handles a big of over-watering well, but also tolerated the drought over a few holiday weekends where we weren't around to water as much. With a big harvest this past Friday, I was able to treat myself to a mustard spinach, onion, garlic, and cheese omelet for the holiday weekend.

Mustard spinach is the one plant that gives me the most hope for a winter office garden. I'm excited at the idea of growing something here even in the colder months, so if that ends up on my agenda, I'll be sure to keep blogging about it.

Until something else interesting in the garden happens, Big Dave - signing off.

What did you think?


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  • What a creative way to set up the blog! Love it :) I've never had mustard spinach before. What's it like?

  • From what I understand now, mustard spinach is basically another name for mustard greens. But since the seed packets were labeled mustard spinach, I just treated it like any other spinach plant. It's pretty decent - like regular spinach but with a bit of a bite to it.

  • I agree with Laura, very creative way to set up the blog! It was a entertaining and informative read at the same time :) Are there any veggies/fruits that you didn't grow that you'd try out next time?

  • Given the way everything worked out, I think next time I'd try more herbs and greens and way fewer actual fruit-bearing plants. Maybe more spinach varieties and other greens? I'm also learning now that greens that are leafy and dark green are better for those with Crohn's disease (like me) so it should work out better for my diet anyway.

  • Nice ending Dave! I do think it's weird that no tomatoes grew however! Usually at the very least they will grow green ones then not turn red! So much for making fresh salsa.

  • True, Nancy. The plants are still alive though, so there's still some chance that we'll see tomatoes before they die.

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