Friday PhotoEssay – June 3, 2016
It seems as though the recent rainy spell has come to an end, and we had a lot of catch up to do in the garden this week.
The tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, and peas have been growing well despite the rain and cool temperatures. The peppers and eggplant are languishing a bit, and some of the vine crops haven’t come up well.
Despite the fact that it hasn’t been that warm, some of the lettuces have still started bolting, particularly the oakleaf varieties. We harvested heavily yesterday, leaving these “lettuce trees” behind. Normally the main lettuce stem stays squat and near the ground. These are bolting (going to seed) and so the stem has lengthened out to put on the flower stalk. We will probably remove the lettuce from this bed next week. The lettuce in the other quilt block is more heat tolerant and isn’t bolting yet.
When we planted the Black Scorzonera seeds, we were a little bit concerned because it was supposed to take up to three weeks to germinate and the soil needed to be kept moist. Thankfully, the soil staying moist wasn’t an issue at all! We also had very quick and high germination. I’m excited to see how these do.
The tomatoes took advantage of the weather to get a little bit taller than I might have preferred before the first tie on the stake & weave. We did that yesterday. We also removed the lower suckers from the plants. If you’ve never seen a stake & weave system in person, come out and take a look over the next few weeks as the plants grow.
The tomatoes on the cattle panel trellis have also been growing well. We removed the larger suckers on these as well and used plant clips to attach them to the trellis.
We harvested a bunch of the purple kohlrabi this week, leaving just a few of the smaller ones for another time. They have done very well!
The K-State Purple garden is really showing off right now…we also harvested a nice amount of purple snow peas from the trellis.
Last but not least, a quick check-in with our Pollinator garden. It’s doing well, although hasn’t filled in much with the cool weather.
Have a great weekend!
Posted on June 3, 2016, in PhotoEssays and tagged harvest, peas, summer, Tomatoes, weather. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.
Looking fantastic!!! I’ve never grown or used kolrabi but I keep hearing about it…What do you do with it exactly? 😀 your garden is beautiful by the way