Let's go with the positives first in my LUT Garden Report.
I'm very happy with how these have developed this month. Nearly all the twigs have sprouted, and there are multiple shoots in one twig, compared to when I was growing them in water indoors, there was only one long shoot per twig.
The other difference is that the leaves are much smaller and darker when grown outdoors in soil. I'm guessing that means a more intense flavour which is great as ultimately I will be harvesting the leaves to make soup.
Until then, I'm very happy to see my Wolfberry coming along so nicely. I think they're a hardy plant, so should have no problem (I hope) making it through the winter.
Now for the negatives
This was always going to be an experiment to see if I could defy nature. Not a good idea. First of all, within a week of planting my pak choi, the bugs came to help themselves. I had already covered my pak choi in plastic cover to protect them from the cold, and the compost is all newly purchased, so I have no idea where the bugs came from. I couldn't see anything on the plants or soil. I quickly sprayed some neem oil onto the plants. It seems to make a little difference but the invisible bugs kept gnawing away, albeit at a slower pace. In the end I gave up.
Oddly enough, the bugs didn't get to this planter, even though all three boxes were placed together.
New leaves are growing on these pak choi but I don't think they will grow bigger as it's simply too cold. The weather is predicted to fall further next week, so I'll see how much longer there poor little things will last.
This is the first time I've grown garlic. I'm told it's very easy. Just pop the cloves in the soil, and wait till next summer. That sounds perfect for novices like me. I have 8 cloves in this box, spaced out as per the instructions from internet.
I've covered them loosely with a plastic sheet as I read wildlife may peck on the garlic cloves. Let's see how they go in the next month.
And finally another new experiment for me. Actually this is more of an accident plant. This is a chayote seedling, a veg that is part of the gourd family. My sister's chayote plant had a bumper harvest this year and she gave me a few. Each squash has one seed only which is quite big and flat. I was very careful to cut around the seed to not damage it because it wanted to save it to plant in spring.
But for some unknown reason the seed split, so I had to keep it in water and let it germinate. I'm keeping it away from too much sunlight and warmth so it doesn't grow too fast in the hope it will last through winter and I can plant in spring. I think that's going to be a stretch as we're talking at least three months away. Even if my seedling will last three months, I have a feeling it won't be very healthy.
Anyone, this is all experiment for me. If all fails, it makes a very pretty table display 🙂.