This tiny little 175g pate tub is being used to grow pea-shoots for use in salads.
I tried growing pea-shoots once before, using a similar tub with a layer of compost in it, but the peas all went mouldy before germination, so this time I have used no compost at all. Instead, I have lined the container with some kitchen paper, simply to retain some moisture. In the tub are, I suppose, about 40 or 50 peas. I sowed them about 10 days ago, and now they are very nearly ready for cropping. In the intervening period I have rinsed the peas in cool water twice a day just to keep the kitchen paper moist.
When the pea plants are about 4 or 5 inches tall you snip them off and use them as salad ingredients - and very tasty they are too. If you're lucky, the snipped-off plants will re-grow at least once. You definitely get a better yield than you would from Mustard and Cress grown in the same tub.
This container is on a rather bigger scale! It is one made from reconstituted stone in a "Cotswold stone" colour, which I have had for many years so it is nicely weathered.
In it are self-seeded Calendulas (Pot Marigolds), from the plants I grew in it last year.
|Calendula - photo from Oct 2011|
When the plants had finished flowering I left some of the dead flowers in place, and they produced masses of seeds which dropped off when they were ripe. They survived the cold Winter and are now germinating in profusion. There were far too many plants in that container, so I took them all out, refreshed the compost in the container, re-planted a few of the seedlings in it, and put the rest in a line down the edge of the border where the Dogwoods are.
Hopefully this will add a bit of colour and interest whilst the Dogwoods are re-establishing themselves.
Also in that container were lots of seeds from the Bronze Maple tree. These are germinating all over the place at present and every time I go outside I make a point of uprooting another few, so that they don't take over the whole garden. Which is a shame in a way, since the tiny trees are very beautiful things in their own right: