Harvest Monday is hosted by Daphne's Dandelions
The longer days and lots of rain have made the lettuce in the mini-garden spring to life! Everything is growing well now.....well, not the spinach, which is still very slow. I only have nineteen more days here in Arizona. On the 27th of February, I'll pull everything out, wash and spin it dry, then store it in a damp cotton pillow case in the ice chest for the trip home. I may just leave the roots on some of the lettuce plants, and see if they might be transplanted into containers once I get home. If not, we and the rabbit will have a lot of fresh salads.
It will be such a shame to pull the carrots. The roots are forming now, and just perfect. You can see the one I pulled to "test" in the harvest photo above. I really don't think 19 days will be enough time to grow them to an edible size, but the rabbit will enjoy them in his salads, anyway.
The two larger pots of lettuce have been our only source of fresh cut greens so far, and were the ones picked for this week's harvest. The spinach and onion boxes are bottomless, just used to give more depth to the compost and soil. The pots will (hopefully) go north at the end of the month. Mr. H is already complaining of the shortage of room in the back of the pickup.
The carrots are just lovely. They have grown so well from their toilet tissue seed mats, showing perfectly formed little roots and extremely good germination. The beets have finally started growing, and are looking quite good! I've picked a few of their leaves to use in our salads. The spinach is only growing in spots, where it was accidentally planted atop the beets. I'm thinking this might have been last year's seed, as germination of a new packet of seeds, in the box (photo above this one), was excellent and had to be thinned out a bit.