Vegetables and Fruit forum: Leafy greens question....

Page 1 of 2 • 1 2
Views: 743, Replies: 21 » Jump to the end
Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
Rabbit Keeper Bee Lover Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies Hummingbirder
Dog Lover Birds Plant and/or Seed Trader Bulbs Echinacea Irises
Image
crittergarden
Jun 5, 2014 10:47 AM CST
Which ones will produce longest into the winter without any extra help?

I once had a pot of greens last past the first few snows but now I can't remember what they were. I need to feed my house rabbit in the winter too, and growing is less expensive than buying.
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/
Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
farmerdill
Jun 5, 2014 1:55 PM CST
The hardiest greens I know are the B.napus kales like Siberian and Red Russian. B.oleracea kales like Vates, Blue curled Scoth etc are reasonably hardy but not the extent of the Siberian types. The collard is probably the next most hardy.


Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
"Godspeed, & Good Harvest!"
Region: Texas Vegetable Grower Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Canning and food preservation Gardens in Buckets
Tip Photographer Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Ferns
Image
Gymgirl
Jun 5, 2014 1:59 PM CST
Collards.
Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
Rabbit Keeper Bee Lover Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies Hummingbirder
Dog Lover Birds Plant and/or Seed Trader Bulbs Echinacea Irises
Image
crittergarden
Jun 5, 2014 2:43 PM CST
Thanks!
And my sweet bunny thanks you too!
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
Image
RickCorey
Jun 5, 2014 2:53 PM CST
Maybe this lasts on into the winter. I haven't tried that yet, but the claim is "hardy to 10 F"

'Tyfon' = Holland Greens
Brassica rapa - Cross between stubble turnips & Chinese cabbage.
Very hardy - to 10 F.
OP 60 DTM
cut-&-come-again every 35 day. Very productive.
Forage, cover crop, salad, greens.
Tender when young. Mild flavor, no mustard taste.

Nichols VGR472 1 oz. $4.35
Pinetree W336
Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
Rabbit Keeper Bee Lover Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies Hummingbirder
Dog Lover Birds Plant and/or Seed Trader Bulbs Echinacea Irises
Image
crittergarden
Jun 5, 2014 3:21 PM CST
Thanks!
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
Image
RickCorey
Jun 5, 2014 3:44 PM CST
I finally found some seed more than a year ago but have not found space to trial it yet!

They boast that "one row will feed the whole Red Army", so it might satisfy your house bunny.

Do you know of the movie with that title? This seems to be a PG-rated link:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0852713/

Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
Rabbit Keeper Bee Lover Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies Hummingbirder
Dog Lover Birds Plant and/or Seed Trader Bulbs Echinacea Irises
Image
crittergarden
Jun 6, 2014 6:11 AM CST
What's the seed CALLED, Rick?
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
Image
RickCorey
Jun 6, 2014 4:27 PM CST
'Tyfon' seems to be the cultivar name, and "Holland Greens" seems to be the common name, so far as any new crop has a common name. Maybe it should be "also sold as Holland Greens".

You can see descriptions at these vendors with these item numbers:
Nichols VGR472
Pinetree W336

Here's an enthusiastic blogger who says the cold-hardiest green he's found.
Ben also says that it doesn't mind heavy clay soil:
http://blueboathome.com/blogs/ben/praise_tyfon_king_greens


Holland Greens (Brassica rapa 'Tyfon')
Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
Rabbit Keeper Bee Lover Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies Hummingbirder
Dog Lover Birds Plant and/or Seed Trader Bulbs Echinacea Irises
Image
crittergarden
Jun 7, 2014 6:01 AM CST
Thanks Rick!
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
Dances with Dirt
Native Plants and Wildflowers Critters Allowed Garden Procrastinator Herbs Vegetable Grower Plant Identifier
Organic Gardener Keeps Goats Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Composter Houseplants
Image
gardengus
Jun 12, 2014 6:51 AM CST
Have you fed your rabbit collards before?
If not, best test with a very small amount.Different animals respond differently. On the up side collards have vitamin C that it a good thing.
Collards are similar to cabbage and could give your rabbit gas , rabbits do not process gas well and it can be very dangerous.
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
Rabbit Keeper Bee Lover Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies Hummingbirder
Dog Lover Birds Plant and/or Seed Trader Bulbs Echinacea Irises
Image
crittergarden
Jun 12, 2014 7:21 AM CST
Thanks.
I knew that stuff, but I appreciate your efforts to educate!
I try to always speak up if I am not sure someone knows how to care for a bunny.

Although I appreciate all the suggestions people have made so far, I actually may not use any of them.
They'd be good eatin for me, but less so for bunny.
Too much CALCIUM is a concern for house rabbits because they get the chance to live long enough for that to affect their kidneys,
Plus the gas thing.

I think the green that lasted the winter for me was escarole. And that might have been the winter that was warmish.

I've tried parsley and cilantro on the windowsill with mixed luck. NEVER lucky enough to get a big healthy plant. I often cut my evergreen culinary sage and put the cuttings in water on the windowsill. But that big wonderful sage plant died back to its roots this past winter so....

Store bought red leaf is the fallback position, with stems from the herbs I buy for my own cooking.

SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/
Name: cheshirekat
New Mexico, USA Zone 8 (Zone 8a)
Herbs Dog Lover Bee Lover Vegetable Grower Garden Procrastinator
Image
ckatNM
Jun 12, 2014 9:09 AM CST
Can rabbits eat sprouts? I forgot the name of the contraption you can buy to grow sprouts all year round on your kitchen counter or a table, but they are inexpensive and even the seeds for sprouting can be purchased in bulk from numerous sources. (Sprouter, perhaps?) I used to grow sprouts for a couple years because every time I bought them at the store, they would go bad within a day. I stopped sprouting after my husband passed away. Just lost the motivation for that and juicing. Continued to garden, but then I got sick.

I'd love to have a pet bunny. I had one when I was a teenager. I named him Mr. Paw. He was so cute and fun. I taught him to walk on a leash and had a part-time job at a daycare center. The kids loved it whenever I brought Mr. Paw to work. I couldn't keep him after discovering that I am very allergic to bunnies. I was so sad and miserable that I had to give him up. But just before he went to his new home, I was so sick and covered with hives that I thought of rabbit stew to put me out of my misery. That made me even more sad as Mr. Paw was my first pet.

I don't know why I can't remember a single thing I fed Mr. Paw. Granted, it was several decades ago.
"A garden is a friend you can visit any time." - Anonymous
Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
Rabbit Keeper Bee Lover Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies Hummingbirder
Dog Lover Birds Plant and/or Seed Trader Bulbs Echinacea Irises
Image
crittergarden
Jun 12, 2014 9:17 AM CST
I haven't been successful with sprouts here either.
I tried broccoli and alfalfa.
I love to munch on sprouts.
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/
Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Plays in the sandbox Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Gulf Coast Tip Photographer The WITWIT Badge
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds Plumerias Hummingbirder Dog Lover
Image
gingin
Jun 15, 2014 1:38 PM CST
How about a chia pet or two...one for you and one for bunny Lovey dubby
Each cloud has a silver lineing if only you look for it.
Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
Rabbit Keeper Bee Lover Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies Hummingbirder
Dog Lover Birds Plant and/or Seed Trader Bulbs Echinacea Irises
Image
crittergarden
Jun 15, 2014 1:58 PM CST
Hilarious!
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
dyzzypyxxy
Jun 29, 2014 9:30 PM CST
Little late to the party here, but have you ever grown Mizuna? It's a mild Japanese type of mustard green. I think it tastes like sesame, a bit.

Anyway, the last few years we lived in Utah I'd plant it late into the summer, and it would last a very long time, sometimes even under the snow out in the garden!

There's also Corn Salad, can't for the life of me remember what the botanical name for it is, but it survived frost here a couple of years ago and came up smiling.

I'm sure you plant lettuce late in the summer/fall for late greens in the cool weather, right? I wonder if you could bring pots of those into the house?
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
Rabbit Keeper Bee Lover Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies Hummingbirder
Dog Lover Birds Plant and/or Seed Trader Bulbs Echinacea Irises
Image
crittergarden
Jun 30, 2014 5:16 AM CST
The cats would chew lettuce I bring inside... I love them though!

I will hunt down that corn salad and mizuna and see what happens!
Thanks for the tips.
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/
Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
Rabbit Keeper Bee Lover Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies Hummingbirder
Dog Lover Birds Plant and/or Seed Trader Bulbs Echinacea Irises
Image
crittergarden
Jun 30, 2014 5:19 AM CST
This it?
Valerianella radiata

Mizuna has been added to my want list. It sounds familiar, I may have had seeds at some point.
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/
Name: cheshirekat
New Mexico, USA Zone 8 (Zone 8a)
Herbs Dog Lover Bee Lover Vegetable Grower Garden Procrastinator
Image
ckatNM
Jun 30, 2014 9:07 AM CST
You can grow greens inside in an old acquarium to keep critters out of them. If you find one through free exchange places that don't have a lid included, you can just use a screen with something heavy on top to keep the screen in place. I had several acquariums I used for gardening, mostly early starts, after I got rid of my fish. I had one that was four foot long and I miss my aquariums. Easiest way to grow seeds, I thought.
"A garden is a friend you can visit any time." - Anonymous

Page 1 of 2 • 1 2

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Vegetables and Fruit forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by dirtdorphins and is called "Dianthus 'Nyewood Cream'"