Not a Sweet Failure After All

Not too long ago, I was so excited about the sweet potato slips that I’d grown. I spent months of watching these little bits of sweet potato grow leaves and roots in left-over party cups.  Of the many sprouts, I had three to plant.


What a waste of My Little Pony party cups.

What happened right after that? The leaves whithered and died.

This weekend, I was inspecting that garden bed, where the sweet potatoes died and the volunteer celery is thriving. What did I see?

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New sweet potato growth!

Besides the weeds sprouting all around… 

Look beyond those, please.  *sheepish grin*

Two sweet potato sprouts! TWO!  I couldn’t believe it.

Of course, the slip that had the most leaves and the longest roots is still showing nothing. Barren wasteland…well, except for the awesome celery.

And weeds.

It might still grow. It might!

What about you? Have you ever been completely surprised by something, anything?

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9 comments on… “Not a Sweet Failure After All”

  1. Pingback: Not a Sweet Failure After All | Diana Beebe

  2. From someone that can’t grow a darn thing, and kills ivy plants, I am impressed. I expect sweet potato fries delivered to my door soon.

    I have to admit, I’ve never used My Little Pony Cups though. That may be the missing link.


    • Diana Beebe

      It had to be the MLP cups! LOL. Keep thinking those good thoughts about the sweet potato fries. I’m already drooling in anticipation. I’ll save you some. 😉

  3. I have to say that I’m still surprised that my sister, who during our childhood, never showed ANY interest in gardening of any kind when I was out planting azaleas, etc., is blogging about gardening. (don’t even begin to edit that sentence!)

    Diana, YOU surprise me. Smooches from the West coast!

  4. Sarah Brabazon

    My favorite plants to grow are all on the noxious weed list. Other types of gardening leave me feeling like a plant killer. I’m mystified by the volunteer celery. How do you get celery to volunteer? Is this another plant volunteering to be celery for the purposes of the blog post? How could I get some volunteer celery – do you advertise in the newspaper, or are there websites one can go to?

    • Diana Beebe

      LOL, Sarah! If it makes you feel any better, I can grow dandelions better than anyone in the neighborhood. The “volunteer” celery sprouted in odd places because celery seeds from last year’s plant blew in the wind. It’s an odd name for those kinds of plants. 🙂

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