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I just downloaded some garden photos to share (not that anybody really cares). The first was taken two months ago, just starting. The cans were used to cover up fledgling (sp?) sweet potato starts (at night, so rabbits won't eat them). Notice my rows are weird--triangular pattern for a change this year.
The second photo is looking in the opposite direction (cans gone). Oops, the photos came up reversed.
I've discovered sweet potato plants have a mind of their own! Some hills look pathetic, with hardly any progress, while others are spreading like crazy. But 25 out of 30 hills are looking good, so that should supply me with enough potatoes to last a year. That is, if the voles don't get to them first. I have to be vigilant.
This year I have changed my roof garden to half and half flowers and veg, but I found out that there's always info about sowing but far less about harvesting. I sowed turnips, and they grew and flowered like weeds, but where are the turnips? Should I cut out the flowers? I have no idea. I forgot the radishes, when I found them back - lots of flowers but the radishes were 0.5 cm wide. Carrots seem to grow into a success, but I don't know when to harvest. So far I harvested quite a lot of lettuce, herbs and nasturturium flowers for a good salad. And there's more to come!
I'm definitely going to remove the plastic. I don't know what I was thinking. Yes I remember, weeds! I'll still have to rebuild. Better now than later.
I have huge sweetpotato vines growing out of one of the compost heaps. They must like it really wet. I'm trying to leave it undisturbed. I'd like to find out if it produces. I disturbed a volunteer potato plant and found gravel size new potatoes in the bed. The yellow ones that I like. Lol
Oh, yes Joan. I've never seen Sweet Potato leaves before. They are beautiful.
Spud, what a great buy! All the parts of the cold frame are there and you don't have to go after the different elements. Having a heating system gives you great advantage when planting seeds or dividing plants. Most tend to like warmth.
I love sweet potatoes, both as a plant and as edible product. I especially like them roasted but the heat says "don't heat the oven today".
Kathy, good for you! What a great job you do in creating it! I agree with Barbara, layers of cardboard or piles of newspaper would be a good bottom layer. Black plastic will hold water, especially if you have wet weather. When the water level rises to the top of the plastic, the water will flow over and into the soil. You may have some problems with it holding too much water for the health of the plants. The good consequence could be the logs that are under water will act like a sponge and soak up water and store it.
You can build the hugelkulture as high as you want ... even 6 or 8 feet tall.
"Hugelkultur are no-dig raised beds with a difference. They hold moisture, build fertility, maximise surface volume and are great spaces for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs. Hugelkultur, pronounced Hoo-gul-culture, means hill culture or hill mound."
Hugelkultur are no-dig raised beds with a difference. They hold moisture, build fertility, maximise surface volume and are great spaces for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs. Hugelkultur, pronounced Hoo-gul-culture, means hill culture or hill mound.
Thanks Spud. I water them for first time this a.m. We had so much rain for so long I wasn't sure they would live and gave them time to really dry out. Planted May 7 - so another month or so should have taters! Cold frame sounds pretty nifty.
Barbara, Sweet Potatoes must like it hot and wet. I planted one for the first time this year, and since I started watering it heavily, it has grown fast.
Barbara, my Cold Frame has a thick piece of Styrofoam on the soil, then sand on top of that, and the sand has an electric heating cable in it.
It's well insulated, with Styrofoam inside the walls, and with a transparent corrugated top with another piece of plastic 1 inch below that.
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