Spring turns to Summer in the Garden

If the consistently warm/hot and dry weather over the past several days hasn’t been a sign of summer, the plants in the garden are letting us know that they thing spring is past and summer is here.

Bolting RadishThe radishes are the most striking example. The plants have pretty much given up in the heat, and they are rapidly shooting up flower stalks rather than putting their energy into developing roots. Time to pull the remaining radishes up, regardless of maturity, because they aren’t going to produce more. (I think they all are sized up nicely anyway.)

On a more positive note, the tomatoes continue to grow by measurable inches every day. Almost all the cherry tomatoes have some tomatoes set now. Maybe we’ll have tomatoes by the 4th of July?

The grapes are loaded with clusters of pinhead-sized green grapes. As much Baby grapesas I want to complain about the hot, dry weather, I find that I can’t complain too much. The reason is that the longer we go without a long rainy period, the less chance of having a severe Black Rot outbreak in the grapes.

The tomatoes are also benefiting from the lack of rain, as there is hardly any disease starting to show up on the lower leaves.

I think the beans doubled in size over the weekend, and a few of them are starting to flower! We’ll have beans soon!

The onions we planted way back in March are starting to develop some nice sized onions. The Red Candy onions are still growing well, but the Texas 1015Y are showing some yellowing and dieback of the tops. This indicates that they seem to think they are done growing for the summer! We’ll see how long they keep going.

It looks like there is at least some chance of rain over the next 2 days, so it will be interesting to see how diseases develop with the rain and warmth.

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 June 1, 2009, in Around the Garden and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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