Life lessons from the farm · Mr. Popeye · Vegetables

Coping with dead plants

I had to pull out another plant today, affectionately called Mr. Popeye #4. That's two of the four spinach plants planted experimentally from scraps almost 2 weeks ago. The journey of Mr. Popeye: Beginning Water to soil First dead plant And now, the second dead plant... Knowing that this was an experiment, it should have been… Continue reading Coping with dead plants

Bok Choy · Mr. Popeye · Vegetables

Two firsts: Sprouted seeds and dead plant

Very mixed feelings today. Just celebrated the one-week anniversary of my balcony farm yesterday, and was faced with the joy and sorrow of nature today. The first thing I do every morning is visit my plant friends. Today I was excited to find that in just 3 days, some of the bok choy 青江菜 seeds have sprouted! This is… Continue reading Two firsts: Sprouted seeds and dead plant

Mr. Popeye · Vegetables

Mr. Popeye Update: From water to soil

Mr. Popeye is still alive and moving into a new home! With leaves growing, I moved Mr. Popeye from water to soil today morning. For pots, I'm reusing discarded food-grade plastic container from a nearby restaurant, with drainage holes added at the bottom with scissors. For planting advice, I'm referring to Grow It Organically's "Growing Spinach is Easier than… Continue reading Mr. Popeye Update: From water to soil

Mr. Popeye · Vegetables

Mr. Popeye: Regrowing spinach from spinach roots

Is it wise to regrow spinach from spinach roots? Most experts on the internet seem to lean towards no. For the fun of experimenting, I'm still going to try it! To add formality, I'm going to name this experiment Mr. Popeye. We had spinach for dinner last night, where I excitedly announced my new project and… Continue reading Mr. Popeye: Regrowing spinach from spinach roots