It’s the sixth week of our Ultimate Composting experiment here at 1840 Farm. Last week, I transferred the original romaine heart and celery from their water bath to soilless potting mix. They made it through the week with their roots and new growth intact.
In my last post, I mentioned that I would be planting them in the raised beds in two weeks. Well, I jumped the gun a little and planted them over the weekend. I couldn’t help myself. I was transplanting heirloom tomato seedlings in the hoophouse when I noticed the empty spot where I intended to plant them next week.
As a gardener, I almost can’t stand an empty space begging to be planted. So, I added them to the greens bed in the hoophouse. I planted them, gave them a drink of water from the rain barrel and went back to planting Livingston heirloom tomato varieties.
I’m hoping that the romaine lettuce and celery will take root and spend the summer growing in our garden and providing my family with fresh food. I’ve been watering them lightly and watching them closely. I am happy to say that they are still looking good two days later.
The other specimens are still in the window of our farmhouse kitchen. They seem to be growing roots and leaves at a steady rate. At this point, they are not falling prey to the mold that ended this experiment for a few of our earlier participants.
I promised to share how I had altered the growing container to prevent mold growth. I’d like to say that it was a highly scientific modification. I could try to make it sound more impressive than it is. Or, I could just tell you that I took a utility knife and carefully cut the top 2/3 off of a yogurt container bound for the recycling bin.
While this modification isn’t fancy, it seems to be working quite well. The bottom of the yogurt container is large enough to hold a day’s water supply but short enough to allow air to circulate around the crown of the romaine heart.
This week, I’ll be monitoring the specimens in the hoophouse and kitchen window. I’ll share their progress with you next week. Stay tuned!
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