Friday PhotoEssay

It’s that time again! This week has just flown by. This might be long, because I took a whole bunch of pictures this week.

The leeks we transplanted this spring are growing like crazy. We hilled them up a little bit this week, to encourage them to have nice long white stems. We’ll have to find some mulch or compost to hill them up more in a couple weeks.

Our beautifully photogenic radicchio is no more…It decided that the hot and cold temperatures were more than it could handle and started bolting. (Bolting is another way of saying that it was putting up a flower/seed stalk.) Most leafy greens are no longer edible once they’ve started bolting.

The ‘Caraflex’ cabbage is beginning to roll up the center leaves to form a head. This is a mini cabbage that will have a conical shape. You can sort of see that shape developing already.

The strawberries are absolutely loaded, and they seem to show no signs of stopping blooming! How many potential red, ripe strawberries do you count in this picture? (Hint: I got well over 30 before I lost track of which ones I already counted!) And this is only about 1 sq. ft. of our strawberry patch. Yikes! I hope we get enough rain to produce large berries.

The ornamental alliums are the big, showy splash in the middle of the garden right now. Aren’t they stunning?

Our obnoxiously thorny gooseberry bush is once again loaded with fruit. Our thornless gooseberry bush once again has almost no fruit on it. There must be a correlation between thorns and fruiting volume!

The cool season veggies are sure growing by leaps and bounds! The unimaginative might just see this as green, green, and more green. I would challenge you to look again and see how beautiful and artistic the different shades of green are, especially in combination with the different leaf textures!

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 April 29, 2011, in PhotoEssays and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Rebecca, are you using the smartpots again this year?

    • Rebecca McMahon

      Hi Jennifer,

      We are using the large smart pot again this year, but we’ve kind of forgotten about planning something specific. I think we’ll probably wait and see what we have extra plants of after the rest of the garden is planted.

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