Bought Burpee seeds in May.
Planted in containers on patio in Miracle Grow soil.
Today – harvest time!
Interesting things I learned:
- Pickles have thorns.
- Lettuce has thorns.
- Heirloom seeds aren’t always a good idea.
- The packaging is WRONG and plants take much much longer to grow than Burpee said it would.
- One person’s “mild” radish is another person’s horseradish.
- Vegetables don’t just pop out of the soil easily with a little tug. It takes WORK to get them out.
- It matters when you plant stuff (according to Burpee). My “mild and delicate tasting” radishes were strong and very difficult to eat – Burpee said if I had planted in March instead of May, they would have been milder.
- Miracle Grow soil is the gold standard.
- Most of the Burpee lettuce seeds didn’t come up.
- I don’t understand how the plant decided to go to seed when it is supposed to be producing vegetables. I only got three cukes from my picklebush!
- One of the Burpee lettuce plants looks like a weed and tastes like a weed. It is not lettuce and should not be sold as lettuce.
- You will have thousands of leftover seeds. Label them and use them again next year. I’m going to try to grow a few plants in the house in containers over winter and see how it goes.
- None of my veggies were the size that Burpee said they would be. Everything was half to a quarter of the size on the package.
- Do you think the problem was the Burpee seeds? Maybe I should have gotten seeds from a local nursery so they would be familiar with the Chicago climate and grow properly.
- Veggies (mine at least) grow in a very crooked and sometimes unattractive manner. I don’t know why.