5:07 am in Plants, questions, R&D-I-Y by burt
Which plant is your biggest success, food-wise?
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so far my cherry tomatos are growing the quickesed but I have now idear what the actual production will be.
I also have seeded about five strawberrie plants but I’m a bit worried because they still haven’t sprouted yet
lettuce: http://windowfarm.tk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/lettuce_1.jpeg and http://windowfarm.tk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/lettuce.jpeg . Both pleasant-tasting .
edible flowers (not yet blooming): http://windowfarm.tk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/edible_flowers.jpeg
edible blooming flowers: http://windowfarm.tk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/edible_blooming_flowers.jpeg
maybe tomatos (they are starting to bloom now): http://windowfarm.tk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/tomato.jpeg
The jalapeno has been really good and I hope that applies to the whole pepper family as I am going to do a mini-red pepper next. It just took a long time to start producing any fruit.
I thought the green beans did really well and I wonder what would have happened if I did not take them out. But, they got too big.
The lettuce did good and produced for quite a while. The pea I was not that happy with. It produced about 20 pods and then died.
Overall, the strawberries were ok production wise. The problem is they go in cycles and sometimes they will go for months with no flowers. Not sure exactly stimulates the production. Sorry, but I don’t have good enough notes here.
I cannot wait until someone tries runner beans. They are perennial in tropical areas so hopefully perennial in windowfarms too. Everbearing runner beans has a nice ring to it. Maybe they will be like Tony’s pepper.
Basil. I have grown basil in a earthbox outdoors and now in my windowfarm indoors and is always grows quickly, easily, and out of control with lots of leaves!!! I love it, non-stop pesto!!!
i have many strawberry leaves, but no berries.
I started seeding a couple months ago, the Tomatoes are off the chains and peppers seem to being doing well…I have so much stuff started…its madness.
Updated with a new image showing the growth from seeding about 2 months ago.
Basil and Lettuce grow really fast and easily.
What kind of strawberries are you using? I grown Alpine strawberries in regular pots indoors during winter (and take them out in the warm weather). They will flower and fruit for a large part of the season because they are day neutral. The berries are tiny, but very tasty. They don’t really make runners. When I get my aquaponics system set up, these are the strawberries I’ll try.
Many strawberries are June bearing and will produce much fruit during a month and then not much the rest of the year. I’d recommend day-neutral varieties.
I love my chives!! They respond so well to the system and you really get your money’s worth.
I loved the squash and cucumbers I grew a few seasons ago for their edible flowers.
Also, nasturtium flowers and leaves are both edible and they plants are just gorgeous as they vine.
From a learning perspective, I think I got the most out of growing okra, which is such a funny plant, with georgeous white flowers, big fuzzy leaves, and the beads left by transpiration. Growing sweet potatoes was also a good learning experience. To see how the plant adapts to its conditions, growing a smaller root ball and instead sending more energy to the leaves. Sweet potato was also great because we discovered that the leaves are edible and taste something like a combination between artichoke, sweet potato, and collard greens.
I also love snap peas as versatile plant. Vines, flowers, and fruits are all edible. I just have not found them to be the most forgiving plants. I had a few times when I neglected to refill my reservoir in time and they did not respond well to the mini drought.
The new website component that we are developing right now will help us all do a better job of this sort of comparing notes on plants. I’ll see if I can get this thread transfered into it.
I’m just getting ready to window farm. I have little space and am wondering how big the following plants get: alpine strawberries, swiss chard, spinich, and collard greens. I’m also interested in knowing which varieties of the swiss chard, spinich, and collards are the tastiest and most nutritious. Any and all suggestions will be most welcomed.
I ate 1/2 of my curley parsley and just a few leaves of my basil. Everything is still small but they were very tasty. The basil looks like it will be the most productive – will have to wait and see. I’m anxious for the tomatoes and strawberries to produce, but they are not that old. Sylvia
Rosemary is my best plant thus far. I thought my peas would be the winner, but I have had some issues with aphids recently.
my arugula, lettuce, and cilantro are the best so far. My peas are growing fast but no flowers yet.
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