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Post  greatgranny on 8/23/2016, 11:08 am

The garden has been strange this year. Some days in the spring were so hot that the plants almost quit.  Then the rains that would not stop made the plants take off and the leaves took over entire squares and trellis. 

The potato onions and garlic made it through that I planted in the fall.  The onions have so many babies that I should be able to share them with friends.  The garlic is medium size (the first year that I planted this batch). 

The pole beans were like a horror movie vine.  I had to take a scissors and prune some of the leaves so I could see the beans.  The winter squash is not doing very well.  I should have cut them back and got sidetracked with other things.  Cucumbers are still blooming and producing.  Lots to give to my kids and grandkids. Tomatoes, Broccoli and Kohlrabi are so-so.  Brussel Sprouts have a long way to go. 

Potatoes are just now starting to get dry leaves.  Not too worried because this will be my last year planting them.  I am going to focus more on green veggies next year.  I want to make next year be the year that I take a leap and try to plant more Sweet Potatoes. 

Transplanted the strawberries in the spring (the smallest ones that rooted on runners).  They took off with all the rain and I spent a lot of time cutting back the new runners and blossoms.  Hope for next spring. 

Carrots and Parsnips are not doing good.  (too much heat sometimes and too much rain sometimes)

Like I said - this has been a very strange year.  I'm not complaining. 

My heart is sad because others are suffering way more than that with floods and storms.  To all of you who are in the Baton Rouge area, I pray that you will get relief and help to restore your home.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/24/2016, 10:08 pm

GG, it has been a weird one here too.  So dry.  Dry dry dry.  Then a big rain, everything explodes literally!  Tomatoes fell over, I found out kale grows really well and I don't like it.  Volunteer stuff in the compost pile .... Did not want those squash...

Tell me, we can grow sweet potatoes?  I didn't think we had enough time.  Dish!bounce
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Post  greatgranny on 8/25/2016, 10:08 am

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Tell me, we can grow sweet potatoes?  I didn't think we had enough time.  Dish!bounce

I do them in large pots so that I can take them in to my sunroom when the weather drops below 50%.  I tried it one year and yes, they were smaller than the ones we get at the store but they tasted better.
I have lots of pots just waiting for next year.  Wink
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/25/2016, 10:36 pm

I don't have a sunroom.  Is eastern exposure enough? Or do they need southern light?
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Post  greatgranny on 8/26/2016, 12:32 pm

You live further south than I do.  If you start the slips in the house and take them out when the temp is 50 or above I think it will work.  I don't take mine outsoors until about June.  You might be able to earlier than that.
There are others who can answer that better than I do.  Do a search here and find some topics that relate.
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