Garden update 3-26-12

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Today I was able to find a little time to go to the garden center once again. That place is soooo addicting. Seriously, I can’t seem to stay away. It also doesn’t hurt that I still have a few items on my must plant list. And today I was lucky enough to find some of the last items on my list to plant. I got 5 more lemon grass plants to plant around the yard to help with the Mosquitoes, they also had some horehound in stock that I have been looking for to plant with my peppers and tomatoes. Apparently horehound is great for encouraging fruiting of your peppers and tomatoes. Oh, and so is Epsom salts. You can either sprinkle some in when planting, or make a salt solution with them and spray in the plants as they begin fruiting to get very high yield plants. Anyway, I also picked up some golden peppers and some golden watermelon and a cantaloupe. The only things left on my list now are to plant my okra seeds( great producers for me last year) and plant my sweet potato slips.

Speaking of sweet potatoes, my slips are almost ready to plant. Back on the 12th I posted a photo of the first leafs emerging from my sweet potato half. Well here is what it looked like today before I pulled the leaf segments off. Look at all those leaves!

If you have been following along with the sweet potato slip growing, and your plant looks like mine and the weather in your area is warm enough for planting, you will want to tear off the leaf shoots gently at the base and place them in shallow water for the roots to grow. See the photo for a reference of what they should look like. Once the roots are out, you are ready to plant the sweet potato. I will probably be doing that this week sometime.

Oh yeah, I wanted to mention my leeks. I am amazed at how quickly they are growing. Just take a look at how much they have shot up. And this photo is from a week ago too!

Other than that I am sewing away at some orders tonight and tomorrow I have plans with my hubby to go watch The Hunger Games at the Alamo Drafthouse. I love date night and I can’t wait to see this movie!

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  1. ~~louise~~ says:

    I must say, I adore this kind of stuff. I'm growing a Pineapple plant from a store bought pineapple and it is thriving so well I don't want to "nudge" it along.

    I can't wait to try your sweet potato idea. I'l be back for the instructions as soon as I can. (I have a "million" windows opened on Pinterest right now which is how I found YOU!)

    Thanks for sharing…

  2. Anonymous says:

    HI! I love this. I am trying to get a time frame on when to plant this. How long does it take for the slips be ready to be removed?

  3. Kara says:

    I think it took about a month from when I cut them and put them in the water for them to grow leaves and then get roots so that I could plant them.

  4. Anonymous says:

    great idea I loved it and am having ago,I will be back to see how you go



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