Friday PhotoEssay – April 4th

We’re going to get started with Friday PhotoEssays again, although I can’t promise you that I won’t still miss one or two until things really ramp up this spring. (If we were farther north, I would have to insert some joke about ramps. Here in Kansas, ramps…not really a thing. More about ramps.)

I really enjoyed doing the “Whole Garden” shots last year as a way to watch the garden grow. Right now you can see little flashes of green here and there, but mostly it is soil, drip lines, and stakes marking where we’ve planted. Let’s get closer to see what’s growing!

The ‘Bloomsdale’ spinach in the MG Faves garden came up last week, and I had almost completely given up on the ‘Sagar’ spinach in the Taste of India garden. I thought that either the compost was too “hot” and burned the seeds or we had let them get too dry. Then, on Tuesday, I noticed that there were a few seedlings just popping up. Now there are more. They are still much smaller than the ‘Bloomsdale.’ And here I didn’t think that growing an Indian spinach variety would be that different!

The strawberries we planted last Friday are already starting to put on a few new leaves. They don’t seem to mind the cold!

When we were working on Tuesday, I asked our MG Herb Guru about the horseradish, because I was pretty sure that now is when you typically harvest roots and then replant for spring. Our plant is one year old, so we weren’t expecting much. But, come to find out there were roots all the way through the 4×4 bed. These are all the little plants that we divided out after digging up roots.

Here’s the stack of roots we harvested. They aren’t as big or as fork-y as you sometimes envision, but for a first year, they look pretty good! I guess that counts as our first harvest for this year.

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 April 4, 2014, in Harvesting & Eating, PhotoEssays and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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