|Barrel #1. Asian Greens, Kohlrabi, Bunching Onions. 8.26.15|
|Barrel #3. Chinese pole beans and last year's garlic. 8.26.15|
|Barrel #4. Roma beans, Turnips, and a few E.W.O. Scallions. 8.26.15|
This year is projected for a warmer winter due to the impending el Niño effect. I speculate that will extend the season. If not, that's OK too.
Days currently in 90s. Nights in 50s and 60s. Seeds are germinating quickly. The barrels need daily water. The plants are concentrated in small spaces, so shade the soil and not needing as much care as if in the ground. I am watering with 1/4 tsp miracle grow in 2 gallons of water. Basically fertigating. For some, I occasionally peecycle with 1/2 liter of home-grown fertilizer in 2 gallons. Not more, because I don't want salt build up.
I'm getting excellent, rapid growth for Egyptian walking onions, nasturtiums, and Swiss chard. Should have some for cooking in 2 or 3 weeks. Spinach might also be ready in 3 or 4 weeks. The nasturtiums are for adding leaves too salads. The E.W. onions are for scallions, and to maintain my crop. I got about 80% viable from the ones that were in the bed I wanted to renovate, chewed off by rabbits or deer, crowded by wild carrot, and left dry. E.W. Onions are a damn hardy breed.
As I dig more into the old E.W. bed that I want to renovate, I remove more, clean them up, and plant them in random spots among other plants. That will give a more extended Fall harvest of scallions, and also some to leave through the winter for Spring harvest and to maintain the clone.
|Barrel #6. Nasturtiums, Spinach, and some E.W.O. Scallions. 8.26.15|
|Barrel #7. Egyptian Walking Onions. ~3 Weeks, 8.26.15|
|Some of the seeds I am starting. 8.26.15|
I planted scarlet bunching onion seeds because I saw them in the store and wanted to try something different. At the time I didn't know if the E.W. onions would grow. The scarlet bunching onion seeds are also germinating.
All in all, I think the late summer planting in large containers, has a lot of potential for kitchen gardening. Easy, more accessible for the older or less vigorous gardeners, and grow more in a very compact space. Not much bending over at all, very easy to pull out tiny weeds and putter.