Friday PhotoEssay: Mega Catch-Up Edition

I hope you’ve been enjoying the videos and posts on fall gardening while I’ve been out. They will continue for a few more weeks, as I’m still going to be out of the office for awhile. I’m busy at the moment, mostly with this…

She had her first outing to our community garden plot at 10 days old!

Meanwhile, things have still been going on back at the Demo Garden…

Those ugly, damaged tomato plants finally set tomatoes…They were pretty much covered with green tomatoes last weekend! Unfortunately for them, the tomato bed is going to be converted to garlic next week.

The lettuce we transplanted in the Family of 4 garden and a couple of the other beds a few weeks ago is looking great! I really missed having cool season veggies like lettuce in the garden this past spring.

Well…most of the lettuce is looking good. Apparently these friendly caterpillars found their way to our lettuce patch. UGH.

The radicchio transplants have also grown by leaps and bounds. Of course, it has been far too warm for them to develop any color yet. The red variety does have a red midrib.

The Mexican Oregano was in full bloom over the weekend. It was a very attractive plant this year and definitely thrived in the heat. Unfortunately, it got a little bit swarmed under by the melons on the trellis next to it. I also didn’t have time to do any cooking with it to share with you.

It still boggles my mind that the jicama could sit there and pretty much not grow at all for most of the summer, and then all of a sudden take off, almost like the magic beanstalk. I’m not sure if the jicama survived this week’s clean up in the garden and if it had time to develop any tubers. I’ll let you know if I hear anything.

I was impressed with how big the Thai Red Roselle had gotten in a couple weeks away. The calyxes are nice and big and red, but the fruits inside are still green.

The remainder of the vines got removed this week, although a lot of them had already come out. You can tell they were pretty much done for anyway.

A commenter asked a couple weeks ago how the lemongrass that I started from stalks from the grocery store turned out. I took several pictures and decided that this one was the best to show the size and scale of the plants. Otherwise they just look like a mass of green. The lemongrass plants are right next to one of those cattle panel trellises….just like we have in the Demo Garden. I would say that the lemongrass is at least 4 feet tall. It is also providing some nice shade to the lettuces that are planted under the trellis. I haven’t used any of the lemongrass yet, although I did cut a couple of stalks, just in case I had the time or inclination.

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 28, 2012, in PhotoEssays and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. The Thai Red Roselle is not Frost resistant. As far as I know, the “fruit” is nothing more than a pod of seeds to plant next year’s crop. The calyxes are as big as I’ve ever seen. My parents use them to make a Christmas drink we call Sorrel. You boil the calyxes with some ginger and maybe a little nutmeg and sweeten. If you don’t have any plans for them, I will happily take them. 🙂

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