Friday PhotoEssay

Happy rainy Friday! This is what our Demo Garden Rain Gauge Says:

4.3 inches? Color me a little skeptical on that one…I don’t know what the official rainfall totals are, but I suspect that the garlic leaves channeled some extra water to the rain gauge. (I moved it to an empty spot to take the picture and to measure future rainfall.)

I finally got the seedlings outside for the first time yesterday. They did pretty well. I also ended up spraying them with pyrethrin because the aphids were starting to get out of control on the peppers and eggplant. Hopefully I will be able to get them outside a few more days next week before we plant them.

Look at this! I pulled the pot I planted the ‘Candy’ Stevia seeds in out of the refrigerator where it was chilling, and I have a couple of seedlings coming up! Honestly, I didn’t expect anything to happen, but I’m thrilled that a couple are growing. And yes, that soil is pretty saturated. It needs to dry out a little bit more.

This is the same spinach that we had growing all winter in the cold frame. It has gotten huge! It is also well past its prime and is about ready to be yanked out. You would think that with the cool (and cold) weather it wouldn’t have gotten to this point so quickly. When your spinach starts to get elongated leaves with pointy tips and pointy areas near the stem, it will be bolting soon and is probably somewhat bitter in flavor.

Also seen in the wheelchair accessible garden with the spinach is this cool fungus. Because the bed is deeper, the bottom section was filled with wood chips, leaves, (I think some Christmas tree mulch?), some topsoil, and compost. Fungi are by nature decomposers, so it is not the least bit surprising to see these spiffy fungus popping up in the bed. They aren’t a concern as long as no one tries to eat them. They will go away when there is nothing left to decompose.

The bud on the ‘Red Beard’ onion is finally starting to crack open. Each individual flower still is waiting to open. These onions will be getting pulled out when we plant tomatoes next week, so I’ve been hoping that they will hurry up and bloom first. I think the warm weather should push things along a little bit.

The radishes, which have also been taking their sweet time growing, are finally starting to show some root swelling. It’s a good thing too, because we really need to thin out some of them to give the parsnip seedlings a little more light and space.

Have a great (warm) 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 26, 2013, in PhotoEssays and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Well! Reading this post i can say that you are going good with your gardening job! Your spinach , radish, bud on the ‘Red Beard’ onion, everything is just so perfect. I am quite impressed. Tremendous work with this blog.

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