Gardening

Gardening: 2017 Feb Veggie Shelf

After two months, my winter gardening is getting under good control by using indoor garage and a heavy duty rack with LED lights. I think I stil need to improve more like keep control of temperature, add thermal foil insulation, and better efficiency.

Garage gardening during winter definately keeps vegetables away from frost. Frost caused big damage to my crops in January. Once roots and stems got damaged by frost, it is extremely hard to recover even for strong crops like green onion.

Currently it takes quite efforts to make recycled planters. Also, vegetables grow slowly because of low temperature. I am still learning fertilizer, soil and hydroponics. I am experimenting soil vs hydroponics. Let’s see what is the best solution for winter harvesting.

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The above picture is my Veggie Rack inside garage. I attached two LED lights now for more light intensity to 1st and 3rd shelves. The LED light coverage is too wide, so I need to narrow it towards the crops. Germination doesn’t require light, so they can be at the bottom. The right picture shows the winter green leaves progress like Chinese Cabbage, Bok Choy, Lettuce. Spinach started growing better now, so I moved them up to the 3rd shelf from 4th shelf. There is still a lot of space left for new crops. Feeling excited now at end of weekend 🙂

Cooking, Gardening

Gardening: Bok choy

Bok choy is similar to Chinese (napa) cabbage. This can be good vegetables for wanton noodle and winter hot pot. Just like Chinese cabbage, bok choy can grow in water and soil.

For small doses, because bok choy contains glucosinolates, it helps prevent cancer. However, big doses of bok choy can be toxic.

Let’s start growing bok choy.

  1. Cut one inch from the bottom

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2. Put them in water

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3. Change water every day

4. After a week, transplant into soil

5. Keep growing