My sweet potato containers (and other containers as well) are placed among my shrubs and perennials.
Below is a Purple Sweet Potato, an early variety SP with very vigorous growing vine. Previous years I allow the vines to roam freely. This not only makes the area very untidy the vines also suffocate some of my perennials.
Thinking: What if I train the vines to grow vertically on trellises? Sitting in the shed is an unused tomato cage that fits just right in the Purple SP container. Worth a try.
As you can see from the above photo the Purple SP vines are, so far, staying vertical.
Had a broken folding wire fence laying around, took it apart and it was just right for the container below.
Wilma’s, a gift from Mary N, is another early variety SP. A semi-bush variety that I am growing for the first time. It probably will not overwhelm my shrubs and perennials, but decided to give the vines support as well since I have the broken fence.
Shall post progress photos, of both, periodically and harvest results.
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Most of the seeds started late June germinated. Two of the lettuces, Bronze Mignonette and Schweitzer Mescher did poorly (although both germinated well for spring planting) and one, Cimmaron, failed to germinate.
Since many of the seeds were old I over-seeded the cells. Guess what? Except for the 3 lettuces mentioned above, just about all of the seeds germinated.
While the seedlings were still small and have not yet developed a strong root system, decided to very carefully tease out the extras and transplanted them (patiently into blueberries container sans lids) to see how many will survive.
As the photo below illustrates, all have survived so far.
In a week or 2 I will know for sure if all the above seedlings make it, if they do, I will have extras to share with my garden friends at LGHVG.
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Container Peppermint Swiss Chard and Red Winter Kale continue to grow well.
Ribs of the container chard are not as thick as the ones grown in the ground but tender and delicious just the same.
Should harvest some of the kale this week.
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Chinese Chives aka Garlic Chives was the only non-camera shy harvest for the week. Also had a bit of chive flowers.
Some of the chives and all of the chive flowers went into scrambled eggs. Shared the remainder with a friend who happened to drop by.
Other harvests for the week were: Red Amaranth, Beet green, Red Giant Mustard, 2 small onions and a handful of snap peas.
Will pull the snap peas vines this week (even though there are a few flowers on some of the vines, not worth keeping).
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Got a few raspberries that the birds missed.
The raspberries disappeared as soon as their photo was taken.
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Blackberry bush is laden with berries.
The challenge now is getting to the ripe berries before the birds.
Previous years I tried netting the berry bush, but that made it a pain to harvest not to mention there is always one bird that will find a way to get under the netting and I have to release it, adding insult to injuries.
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