Friday PhotoEssay

After a cooler week, it looks like we are going to climb back into our more seasonable hot temperatures in the mid-90s for next week. Happily, I think everyone has had good tomato set and all the plants are off to a really good start before we get to that point.

You can see that we now have a big open hole in the center of the garden with the garlic and shallots completely gone. We’ll be planting some buckwheat next week. Meanwhile, the tomatoes, eggplant, and vine crops are increasingly looking like a jungle! The eggplant are particularly dense.

The eggplant are starting to produce like crazy. I know that a picture of 4 eggplants may not convince you, but there are dozens more eggplant fruit set on our plants. The white with lavender streaks is the ‘Orient Charm’ and the dark purple is ‘Millionaire.’

I noticed these tomato flowers on my morning walk through the garden, probably because they were right at eye level and the yellow stood out amongst the green leaves and stems. When the stems of the flowers turn that bright yellow, you can be sure they are going to drop off because there wasn’t any fruit set. There are still a couple green ones, so we’ll have to wait and see if there is any set from this cluster. So why are the flowers dropping when it hasn’t been too hot? Well, what I didn’t tell you is that this is the heirloom variety ‘Limmony,’ which is supposed to have fruit up to 1 lb in size. I know there are a couple tomatoes set already, and I suspect that the plant knows that it can’t handle too many fruit of that size, hence dropping so many flowers. It would be interesting to know if this is a chicken or the egg scenario. Does the fruit get huge because the plant only sets a few fruit or does the plant only set a few fruit because it knows the fruit get huge?

Except for the basils and thyme, all the other herbs are in containers this year. This container is looking great right now! I think the location, where it is getting a bit of afternoon shade, is agreeing with it. The variegated plant in the front is Pineapple Mint. The container also has Stevia, Scented Geranium, and a Cinnamon? Basil.

We are starting to see a lot of flowers on the melon plants in the Vertical Garden area. Unfortunately, as is typical, they are virtually all male flowers, especially on the non-watermelon types. I’ve seen a few female flowers on the watermelon. This flower is very clearly a male, as there is no baby melon behind the flower.

This flower is so pink, it kinda seems fake! This is the center of a huge bloom on the ‘Pink Clouds’ hibiscus that we have planted in a couple of the containers by the classroom area.

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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