Friday PhotoEssay

This week has gone fast! I thought I might get at least 1 more of my catch-up posts finished, but apparently not. I do want to get my lemongrass/turkey stock with lemongrass post done next week, because rumor has it that a lot of people will have leftover turkey or turkey carcasses!

The lettuce and radicchio that we planted from transplants in late August/early September is still looking great! Some of the varieties aren’t quite as good, probably because we’ve had so much heat.

The red butterhead lettuces are consistently my favorites in the fall. The leaves are buttery and tender and the color gradients are beautiful. They are also quite cold tolerant, since the reds get darker with the cold weather. This picture is from AFTER the cold snap last weekend. This one is ‘Skyphos.’ The red color isn’t quite as brilliant as the ‘Red Cross’ variety we grew a couple years ago, but still really nice.

This ‘Galactic’ lettuce isn’t nearly as nice. I think it had actually started bolting a little bit in the heat (see the stalks – that’s not normal lettuce behavior!), and obviously the older leaves were not tolerant of the cold. The new leaves at the top look like the cold didn’t bother them much. Of course, the color is gorgeous!

The ‘Winter Density’ lettuce is quite cold tolerant. I don’t see any cold damage whatsoever. However, If you look close, you can see that this variety has also started bolting a little bit. Crazy warm fall and fluctuating temperatures!

From a distance, the radicchio looks like it sustained a lot of injury. I think these are mostly the big, older leaves that grew during the warm weather. On closer inspection, things look a lot better.

This is the red radicchio, and you can see that the center leaves look perfectly healthy and are starting to show more red color in the cold.

The green radicchio has a little more damage, but still looks really good!

Okay, that’s all for today. I hope you are enjoying the fall weather with some beautiful lettuces and salad greens as well!

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.

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