Friday PhotoEssay – May 9th

Once again, the garden has changed a lot this week, although the visible changes are more in the tomato cages than the actual tomatoes at this point!

For the second week in a row, I’m going to show off this view of the garden. When I take the picture in mid-morning, the shadows are not kind from the north side, so I like this better! You can see that there is more green, and a lot more metal in the garden!

I’m pretty sure that I’m going to spend half of my time this summer taking pictures of the ‘Silvery Fir Tree’ tomato plants. This one was planted in one of the tiers of the Wheelchair Accessible raised bed, and it is looking great. Isn’t the foliage cool? I hope the plant still looks this neat as it grows.

I’m pretty sure that the potatoes has doubled, tripled, or quadrupled in size in the past week. They were only a couple inches tall last week, and now they are well on their way to being a jungle.

In the “weird” category, the Borlotto (‘Lingua di Fuoco’) beans in the Italian garden are coming up, but their first set of leaves are looking damaged. It doesn’t look like herbicide injury, but I am wondering if the soil is too “hot” there, meaning we added too much compost. However, beans in other areas of the garden (different varieties) are looking good. Although the leaves that do unfurl look holey, I don’t think it is an insect. We may have to try replanting to see if we get better results, or I might try planting a few seeds in my office to see what happens.

It would appear that this tomato plant didn’t want to go on. It seems to have swooned after being planted! Actually, under closer inspection, it looks like the stem is almost perfectly cut through, which would seem to indicate a cutworm. Ugh. At least it has left the other plants alone so far? We will have to replace this plant next week.

Harvest? What harvest? The endive/escarole mesclun appears to be enjoying the weather this week, as we harvested some on Tuesday and it you certainly can’t tell! I know that plain endive is not very commonly eaten in the U.S., so I’m going to try to find some recipes to try. Endive is often found in salad mixes, but it is a more bitter flavor on its own.

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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