Cabbage Fail

I was thinking that it was too warm for the cabbage to continue and expected it to bolt. When I checked on it however, it was a disaster of a different kind that struck.

These little guys were under every cabbage leaf

Here's a better view of the cabbage invaders

"Hey!, this doesn't taste like cabbage!"

I exercised organic methods of eradication; they all met their doom between by big fat fingers. I wonder if the cabbage will recover.


I harvested what may be the last handful of peas. The large one is from one of two plants that managed to sprout after my dogs murderous dig early this Spring. I shared these peas with my neighbor as we caught up on neighborhood  gossip at the fence.  She too likes to eat them straight off the vine. The strawberries were exceedingly sweet. I only have a few plants so we get a few strawberries at the time.

Today's harvest


I sowed zucchini weeks ago and forgot about it. The constant rains washed away the hills. Today, I found two zucchini plants sprouting their heart out. I dug moats around them and fed them.

"Sorry we're late"

Over and out.

die Sonne Scheint: More neurotic Kansas weather

I took a German class back in the Middle Ages in college. In a whole semester this is all I learned and I finally get to use it! Yes the sun is out after eternal cloud cover and rain. My rain gauge registered 1.5 inches in one day. I stopped looking at the rain gauge; it just did not matter. Along with the interminable rain, we had day temperatures in the 60’s (Fahrenheit) and night temperatures in the low 50’s.

The sun was out when I left for work this morning and the disembodied voice in my car radio told me to expect highs in the 80’s for today. Tomorrow, we get 90’s! I guess expecting gentle temperatures in Spring –like 72 or so, was too much to ask.

Nonetheless, my veggies just move along. Tomatoes are growing everywhere. The carrots should be ready for harvest next week. I ate some peas straight off the vine and learned a valuable lesson: plant LOTS of peas if you want enough to share. The cabbage and broccoli are not developed enough to deal with the upcoming heat. We’ll see.

Over and out.

Milkweed Grown Here

The good folks at the Backyard Gardeners booth at the Delano Community Farmer’s Market were handing out free Milkweed seeds this past Wednesday. If you haven’t heard yet, the Monarch butterflies ran into bad weather in their wintering sites in Mexico and this took a toll on their population numbers. As they return to their Summer stomping grounds here in the Great Plains and the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S., it would be really nice if we made food and shelter available for them. I think I missed their migration North but hopefully my Milkweed plants will be mature enough for them to get nutrients for their trip South during the Fall.

The Delano Community Farmer’s Market meets every Wednesday from May to October at the Senior Center at 200 S. Walnut in Wichita.

Milkweed for the Monarchs


There will be peas. Next year I will plant peas on the first of March (zone 6 here) and I will plant a lot of them!

There'd be peas here Capt'n!


The second tomato plant to produce fruit in my garden is the Galina tomato plant. Galina tomatoes are cherry type tomatoes. They are very pretty yellow tomatoes and have a good sweet flavor with a tinge of acid. The plant is an indeterminate plant so it needs to be supported by stakes, cages or some other method. This tomato is of Russian provenance.

Over and out.

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Give peas a chance

The peas are up! Now, if we can have a Spring, I may actually get some peas this year

My fruit trees are all in bloom –er, except for the apple trees. Here’s the nectarine tree

My tiny pear tree that I expected to die this winter is also blooming

The strawberries are starting to bloom as well

And…drum roll please…tah-rrumph, tah-rrumph, tah-rrump… The Winter Sown tomato seeds sprouted today!
If you look very carefully, you can see the two Oregon Spring tomato seedlings in the plastic milk jug. I sowed three seeds March 4th so it took just about a month. Sure, they are several weeks behind my indoor sown seeds but they may catch up yet since they will not have to struggle with the hardening up process. Next season I may sow all my tomato seeds this way.

Also, I finished the tomato cage and put fifteen buckets each with a different variety of tomato inside. Some of the buckets are SubIrrigated Planters (SIPs) and some are just 5 gallon buckets with dirt in them. I am using the few plastic watering spikes that I have left after Lexie, my 1yr old dog, dug and ate many of them.

Other things up and growing are: Apache salad onions, Nantes carrots, Red Cabbage, Leaf lettuce and garlic.