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Container Growing: See How It's Going!

For those of you following my container-gardening adventure, these past couple of weeks have been full of harvests, which is always exciting. Here are a few updates:

* After three cuttings of salad mix, I pulled it up and planted a pepper in its place.

Lettuce out, pepper in.
Lettuce out, pepper in.

* I also pulled up the salad greens around the collard plant because it was getting too big. If you recall, growing salad greens around and under the base of the collard plant was an experiment for me. Looking back, it's safe to say that I was able to grow "microgreens" and get two cuttings.

* At the end of May, I harvested seven of the outer (bottom) collard leaves and had plenty for a side at dinner!

* My rectangular planter has offered me much to eat too.

Harvested radishes.
Harvested radishes.

I harvested radishes at two different times and my spinach was getting quite big – I harvested about a pound last week, which makes my third substantial harvest from this crop.

Spinach and collard greens.
Spinach and collard greens.

* I've been picking the spinach leaves on the edge regularly to make room for the cilantro I seeded. My cilantro is about ready to take off now! And I'll let my spinach have another couple of weeks before I deem it ready for the compost pile.

Cilantro growing on left edge with spinach.
Cilantro growing on left edge with spinach.

Now comes my biggest decision: what should I plant in the empty space that my harvested radishes and spinach will leave? I'm not quite sure yet – possibly basil, parsley, and arugula. I'll let you know next month!

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