I have fallen in love with a new vegetable that won my heart last year. I grew them in biodegradable pots that were not such a good idea since they moved out of the pots and tried to root in the soil underneath. BUT-I did get sweet potatoes!
I saved a dozen purple sweet potatoes from last fall and put them in water February. They sprouted these lovely green vines and then….
I just potted them up when the vines were getting a bit long, and the roots were nicely developed. You just “slip” them off the potato, and you have a plant and roots to put in soil. It is that simple. One potato produces dozens, and they just keep on producing MORE after you take slips off!
A few weeks ago, I cleared an area to trial them in some of my gardens. I rotate my vegetables, so I had room in this garden area for 2015. I will be adding them to my rotation cycle that I utilize throughout the 3 year rotation to keep my soil healthy.
I wanted to add some more amendments to this soil, so I spread wet newspaper over the area to keep all the worms happy below working in the amended organic garden bed. I find it easier just to layer some newspaper to smother some of the weeds. I hate disturbing all the activity in the soil. Each year, I find more worms in my soil which was hard as rock years ago. It has taken a few years of composting on a site and working organic materials into the soil. I find my soil is alive with life, and I do not like disturbing all their hard work! If I place a plant in the soil and dig up a worm, I gently place some dirt over him as I put my plant in the ground. They are the hardest workers and as bees they deserve our respect.
I added some OMRI ( Organic Materials Review Institute ) certified peat that means it was sustainably harvested. I wanted to add some peat to the soil in this growing area. I planted the seedling starts in the soil and decided to include some tall sunflowers, we shall see if it works! I love to experiment.
I found I did not even need to purchase slips this year. I had so many from my saved potatoes. I was giving them away to anyone that wanted them! Check those lovely vines out and to think these you can eat the tubers. A sustainable vegetable to grow on city lots for it provides food and grows an abundance to share! Now that is a keeper. Don’t you think?
To all my blogging friends, I will be playing catch-up this week. I have been overwhelmed with gardening chores and other things, so have not been near my computer much this spring. I started 3 new garden beds! I hope after this week to be back to a regular schedule to visit you and post again.