The sunchokes are growing very well. I planted the tubers this spring after having them shipped from Nova Scotia. I think every single tuber grew. The plants are about 1 foot tall now with similar leaves to a sunflower plant. They have strong stems and are thriving.
I just planted a sweet potato slip. I had only one plant that had roots big enough to survive the planting. But it is thriving and I am hopeful that my first year of growing sweet potatoes will still be successful.
Directly Sown seeds:Only about half the beet seeds that I directly planted in the dirt germinated and are growing. They are about 4 cm tall now. Just having the purplish-red leaves and stems. The plants at the side of the garden bed with more sun are twice as big as the side with more shade.
The kale that was also planted directly is about the same size as the beets but seems to be more sturdy and has a pale slightly bluish tinge to the leaves. About 99% of the spinach seeds did not germinate. I have a couple of very lonely looking tiny spinach plants growing.