The warm days of summer are nearly over. For some of us in the Northern part of Oz (yes, I’m talking about us in Brissy), we are looking forward to cooler days & nights, less mozzies, humidity and less pests attacking our beautiful produce (yes, I’m talking about you cabbage moths - that lay caterpillars, grasshoppers and aphids!!!)
With cooler nights and days on their way, there are some fantastic fast growing leafy greens we can get started in our airgardens. So read on for some inspo.
Rocket can be prone to bolting in summer and is a target for aphids, cabbage moths and butterflies - which lay caterpillar eggs. Cooler weather helps bring out the best flavour, which means your rocket will taste even more peppery. It will produce longer for you and be less susceptible to the above pests. Remember pick leaves as you need and you wont have to replant. What a legend of a plant!!!
2. Pak Choi
Pak Choi is a great leafy green for stir-fry's and the flavour is somewhere between mild cabbage and spinach. If very young it can be eaten raw in salads, but is best when briefly cooked. Pak Choi will grow like lightening in your Airgarden and you will be harvesting leaves in 2 weeks. Boom!
Kale is one of our favourites. Although it can be grown in summer, the flavour improves with cooler weather not to mention, cabbage moths and butterflies - which are the nemesis of this leafy superstar, are far less active in the cooler months. Kale will keep growing in your airgarden for months and months. Forget buying Kale from the supermarket or fruit and veg, if you have an airgarden you will be giving it away you'll be growing so much.
Get your blenders ready for a green smoothie extravaganza!!!
Lettuce staples like Cos, Buttercrunch and Loose leaf can really struggle in warm weather, especially in Brisbane and further north. All these varieties have a tendency to want top bolt and go to seed and be so bitter your dog won’t eat it. Cooler temps mean your lettuce will last longer, wont wilt in the hot sun and taste a million times better.
Popeye wasn’t a fool. Spinach is jam packed with goodness - including iron, potassium, zinc, magnesium, calcium and vitamins A, B and C. It loves the cooler weather and can be harvested for months when picking leaves from the outside in. There are heaps of varieties, but we love a perpetual leaf variety and our own Aussie variety - warrigal greens!