Bolting

Weather: 72°F Cloudy (Low 53°F)

It’s been a wet week but the greens are doing great and the radish crop is at its peak! We are seeing the start of a flowering phase for the peas, spinach and arugula. While we are excited about the pea blooms which precede those yummy fruits, seeing flowers on the other crops are a sign that their role as a culinary ingredient has passed. As warmer weather moves in, leafy vegetables begin to flower and this is called bolting. When crops like spinach and arugula bolt the remaining leaves become bitter and unsuitable for salads. Letting the plants proceed with their flowering phase is important so the students can see how pollination and subsequently fertilization results in seed production. Once the plants begin to set seed you can harvest the seeds with the students and plant them in the fall, closing the loop on getting outside sources of seed and making your garden sustainable for years to come! As you harvest the remaining lettuce, spinach, sorrel, arugula and Swiss chard be sure to leave a few plants in the ground so you will have a seed harvest. Are your peas flowering? Have you seen any pollinators? Email us at youtheducation@civicgardencenter.org and share your stories.

Arugula Flowers
Arugula Flowers
Spinach Flowers
Spinach Flowers
Green Garden!
Green Garden!
Pea Flowers
Pea Flowers
Ready Radish
Ready Radish

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