Friday PhotoEssay

Let’s see if I can actually get this post published this week, rather than have it get stuck in blog limbo!

With some warmer weather and some rain, the garden is starting to look more like a garden this week. I decided that I wanted to try to capture the overall view of the garden each week this year to watch things grow and change. I scoped out two locations where I think I will be able to get a good view every week all summer long.

Version A. I have to say that I’m partial to this shot, at least for the moment.

Version B. The problem with this angle is that the gardens are so far away. I know I could solve that problem by zooming in, but then I would have the issue of trying to zoom in the same amount every week. Maybe I should try to find an engraved brick in the middle to try a shot from there instead?

I think the parsnips are happy to have the rest of the radishes gone. They should take off and grow now. We’ll talk about it more later, I’m sure, but the heirloom variety has much poorer germination than the newer hybrid variety.

We are putting one of our cattle panel trellises over the walkway between the Vertical Garden and the Kids Snack Garden this year. We’ll have tomatoes, cucumbers, and beans growing on the trellis. I’m hoping for lots of good pictures from this set up this year!

The downside to having a soil with lots of compost and the remnants of straw mulch is that you have lots of roly polys/sowbugs/pillbugs. Theoretically they are only supposed to eat damp, dead, decaying organic matter. I would argue that is not true based on the way I’ve seen them going after the radishes. That is very definitely fresh, white radish that I’m seeing under the bugs. Unfortunately, there really are no good options to get rid of them, unless you want to use carbaryl (Sevin). I don’t particularly, at least not on almost-ready-to-harvest radishes.

This ‘Breen’ baby romaine lettuce is winning the “most photogenic in the spring garden” award. I have another nice shot from the top, but I thought I’d show the undersides of the leaves this time around.

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 May 10, 2013, in PhotoEssays and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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