Family of 4 Garden Tour

I thought I’d give you a tour of our Family of 4 garden, since it can be hard to patchwork all my pictures and posts together into a clear picture of what’s been going on.

Family of 4 Garden, May 5

Here’s the overview of the garden. It is looking pretty well full. We took the row cover hoops out, again. Hopefully they stay out this time!

Beet seedlings

The beets and carrots are growing well.

Onions May 4The onions are finally looking good and growing quickly.

Brussels and CauliflowerThe Brussels sprouts and cauliflower have finally moved beyond the “ugly” stage!

Tomatoes and cabbageWe planted the tomatoes today! We are using this tomato “teepee” rather than cages. It is just two cattle fence panels clipped together at the top. It will be interesting to see how it works. It did require a bit of adjustment to the planting plan, so the herbs will be planted in the open space between the tomatoes and Brussels sprouts rather than in amongst the tomatoes. (The cabbage you see in the picture were planted during a demonstration…I haven’t had the heart to yank them out yet.)

The tomato varieties planted were ‘First Light’ and ‘Fabulous’. They are both relatively new varieties.


The salad greens, lettuces, and radishes are looking delicious! Next week we may decide to pull up some of the salad greens to plant peppers. Or we may just plant the peppers in between the rows for the time being!

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on May 5, 2009, in Family of 4 Garden and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi Rebecca
    You said
    “It is looking pretty well full. We took the row cover hoops out, again. Hopefully they stay out this time!
    Can you tell me why you took them (and presumably the row cover) out?
    If you look at my website you will see the cause for my interest.
    What type of row cover were you using?

    • Hi John,

      We took out the row cover hoops because we only have heavy row cover fabric that is good for season extension, not for late spring, summer, and early fall in Kansas. It would get too hot for our cool season plants! Also, our hoops are rather short, so many of our plants will out grow them in the next few weeks.


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