Friday PhotoEssay

I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be happy or sad that the forecast for the next several days is in the mid-80s. Part of me finds that absolutely ridiculous for mid-October, while the other part of me is happy to have a few more warm days to push our fall garden along before it gets cold. Of course, it could go from highs in the 80s to highs in the 50s overnight, so I guess I should be happy with what we’ve got right now!

Happiness about the weather aside, this is not something that I’m at all happy about. A couple of the tomatoes we tore out earlier this week had roots like this one – completely infested with nematodes! It seems like more and more of our planting beds are definitely showing problems with nematodes. That means that we are going to have to think long and hard about planting only nematode-resistant varieties or about trying out some grafting techniques to protect against nematodes.

We also pulled out the remaining gomphrena this week, but not before picking all the good looking flowers to use for a floral arranging class. We had a nice bucket full of flowers.

It always seems to take until late in the season to be able to leave any peppers on the plants long enough to get them to change color. It makes you appreciate why the colored peppers are so much more expensive in the grocery store!

We didn’t have very many of the Easter Egg Radish seeds left for our fall planting, but the few radishes certainly tried to make up for it with size!

This ‘Red Cross’ Butterhead Lettuce is one of the most beautiful lettuces I’ve ever seen. I’m partial to the Butterhead lettuces anyway, but this one is really gorgeous. Between the undulating leaves and and gradient of red to green color, it is a star in our Family of 4 Garden right now.

Enjoy the weather this 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 October 8, 2010, in PhotoEssays and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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