May 20, 2009

I can't believe I bought this (etc)

Our story so far:
Growing sweet potatoes. In Bend. Short growing season. Cool nights. Frost possible any day of the year. Almost 4000 feet of elevation. Low humidity. Right.

My greatest gardening thrill ever, as promised by xxxxxxxxxx wherever Territorial Seed Co gets their sweet potato starts. Hokay.

Georgia Jet: 'matures in 80-90 days'. Right.

Thus, we see the poor dears in their fated growing area in my garden. That is, in the greenhouse. Don't look so hot, do they? Could that be because they languished on the kitchen windowsill for 2 weeks, due to crappy weather, extreme gardenerly busyness and a goodly amount of human sloth?

I have faith, though. They may look pitiful now, but stand back. They are going to perk up and grow like banshees and overflow their giant black pot and crowd out the melons (in adjacent pots) like anything. Just you wait.

I know I am.


  1. Li'l Ned, I will be anxiously watching your sweet potato growing. I wanted to do that this year, but could not find starts anywhere. I will try next year. This year we have a lot on our plate. We have just completed our pit greenhouse and are experimenting with various methods of growning. You can check it out at my husbands blog at:
    Love your blog!

  2. Lil'Ned - You probably already know this, but if you take a sweet potato from the store, stick an end in a glass of water, it will begin to grow into a lush, long-lived, beautiful houseplant. It will trail over windows and everywhere. You can eventually plant it in a pot and it will continue to grow - as a houseplant. So, if you bomb out on growing the tubers, grow a "houseplant". And I really think your red and green topsy turvey pepper planter is way, way too cool!
    Garden on! = )