Friday PhotoEssay

Whew! September is just flying by! I hope you’ll excuse my lack of posting, but I’ve been running around away from the garden most of the month, so I haven’t had time to write. I think I’m going to be able to get a couple of posts written to post next week while I’m gone yet again, but don’t hold your breath! Of course, the garden keeps right on growing without me, which is a good thing.

This gorgeous Black Swallowtail Butterfly was hanging out around the fennel. Not sure if it had just come out of its chrysalis or if it was thinking about laying more eggs (which seems a bit late). At any rate, it was nice to see the butterfly rather than another caterpillar for a change.

The arugula is growing fast, as is pretty typical. This variety has much more rounded leaves instead of the more oak-like leaves of other arugula varieties.

All of the fall radishes are growing well and starting to develop the radishes. Here you can see the start of the Mantanghong Radishes.  I suspect the challenge will be letting them alone to keep growing instead of pulling them too soon.

I think this Amaranth seedling is confused as to what time of year it is. Amaranth is a summer green that doesn’t really like temperatures below 40 degrees. I wonder if I should tell it that we’re forecasted to have a low of 47 next week? Oh well, at least it isn’t likely that it will go to seed at this point.

I know this is pretty much blurry beyond recognition, but I had to give you little sneak preview of what is coming for one of the posts next week. That stripey green blob behind a piece of onion is one of our ‘Kermit’ Eggplants.  In case you missed it, my opinion of eggplant is that it’s a nice enough ornamental but not worth eating. So I will be posting my token effort at cooking and eating eggplant for 2010. You don’t want to miss that!

Have a great weekend!

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 September 24, 2010, in PhotoEssays and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I’m of the same opinion on eggplant. I’ve tried it in eggplant parmesans, thai curries, ratatouille, chinese stir-fries, and I always think, blech. It’s not worth it to me.

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