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Give A Friend A Mini-garden, The Gift That Keeps on Growing

A summer garden is an instant source of gifts. A busy host will welcome the bowl of cherry tomatoes you bring for the table. A co-worker having a birthday would love a basket of fresh-picked corn. A recuperating neighbor, fed up with hospital food, will welcome your strawberries as much as your visit. All of these take just minutes to pick as you’re heading out the door. To show extra love, throw in the bowl or basket as well.

Or, better yet, give someone a mini-garden gift. Choose an attractive container at a local garden center — say, 12 to 18 inches wide — fill it with potting mix and plant it up for someone who’d love to grow a bit of fresh salad fixings on their doorstep or sunny patio. (Most greens will grow in part shade, but four hours of sun a day is the bare minimum.) Make sure the pot has a hole for drainage.

The first potted mini-gardens is that one pot contained beet greens, Swiss chard, arugula, mizuna and red and green lettuces. Another had romaine lettuces, frisée endive and red Russian kale, with its bluish leaves and striking red ribs. For a pot this size, the only tomato plant I’d use is a patio type, draped over one edge. A little pepper plant with tiny hot peppers on it also might work. But I’d concentrate on greens. There are stunning lettuces you can choose, such as the deep red Lollo Rossa, the red-speckled Flashy Trout Back and the gorgeously multi-hued Skyphos, although in hot summers the summer crisp types such as Nevada or Cherokee will stay sweet and cuttable for a longer time.

Don’t stop at lettuce. Tuck in some purple-leaved Japanese mustard, beet leaves such as Bull’s Blood or Red Ace, the purple version of mizuna (a fernlike Asian green), red Rosie bok choy and Redbor kale. And how about deep blue-green Toscano kale and red-veined sorrel? Or the amazing Magenta Spreen, which resembles its weedy cousin lamb’s quarters but with a neon-magenta center. The best greens to grow in a pot are those that perform well as cut-and-come-again crops, such as kale and Swiss chard, repeatedly sprouting fresh leaves.

In fact, order some for yourself. Even people with a garden out back can enjoy a year-round mini garden next to the kitchen door.


原文見: Give A Friend A Mini-garden, The Gift That Keeps on Growing | SourceEC - Corporate Gifts Malaysia | Promotional Gifts | Door Gifts Blog
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