And then there were 3, eh, 2

As you probably know, I have a thing about trying to grow organic sweet potatoes. If you want to read my Sweet Potato Saga 2013, you can go HERE and HERE and HERE.

The SPS 2014 is in full swing. I started the new slips early this year. My thought was that I could plant the sweet potato slips early if it warmed up enough. HA! We all know how winter has been behaving.

They were all growing long, beautiful root systems in the cup of water on the window sill. One of the four surviving slips started losing its leaves.

Noooooo! My goal was to grow more this year. You can’t grow more if you don’t plant more.

I had to save the slips!

After carefully untangling the roots, I planted the slips in peat. I’m thinking I can transfer them to the ground easier that way. This one is huge and hopefully productive:

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyThe sad little slip that had lost its leaves had also lost all its roots. How does that happen? I have no idea, but the slip has new leaves growing. I left it in the cup of water to see if it will grow new roots.

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyMaybe it’ll grow again. Maybe all is not lost.

Since I started writing this post, one of the slips I planted in soil has lost all its leaves its leaf. I dunno. Last year, the slips lost their leaves after I planted them, but then grew like crazy.

I’m I really down to 2 now? We’ll see.

In other news, the broccoli that I left for the bees is toast. 🙁 That last polar blast destroyed the plants, even though I had them covered.

Let’s hope this Spring Break really is a lead in to actual Spring. I might have to do what my Way Up North friend, Elen Grey did and buy some spring! She takes cool pictures, too.

What’s going on with you this week? Any continuing sagas in your life? 😀 Have a great day!

8 comments on… “And then there were 3, eh, 2”

  1. Plants are indeed tricky things! And so is this weather! I keep thinking I’m putting my “winter” things away for good and then have to pull them out again. And my ac/heading unit needs counseling. LOL

    I hope they pull through for you. Sweet potatoes are tres yummy!


    • Diana Beebe


      I hope they pull through, too! 😀 I also hope we can all put away the winter things.

      Good luck with the ac/heating unit. We just counseled our old one to the curb and got a new one. The old one had the audacity to go out on one of the coldest weeks.

  2. You aren’t having any luck at all, are you? I’ve never tried to grow sweet potatoes, so I have no idea what is going on with yours. Maybe it’s Mama Weather’s mood swings.

    Kids are on March Break this week, which makes the neighborhood quiet. They all got on planes with their mamas and papas looking for the Land of Sun and Honey. 😀

    Thanks for the nice mention and link, Diana! Have a great week.


    • Diana Beebe


      Ohmigosh, these sweet potatoes are killing me! I’ve heard they were really hard to grow, so maybe it’s not me. 😉

      I love that you call it “March Break”! It’s Spring Break here, even if we haven’t gotten to Spring yet. LOL. I think March Break is better. Enjoy the quiet.

      Your blog is awesome, so it was my pleasure to mention you! You have a great week, too.

  3. I have the highest admiration for people who can grow stuff! If I had tried that with sweet potatoes I’d have ended up with no leaves, no roots – just dead slips in a cup of water. In fact, I’ve been known to kill an entire garden section at Lowe’s just by walking past it. Last spring my mother-in-law gave me some plants from her flourishing yard, and said “These are really hardy. You can’t kill these.” They died in the car on the way home. She lives 15 minutes from us.

    So I’ll vicariously enjoy your growing things by reading about them on your blog, and continue to visit the local farmer’s market for my veggies and herbs. Maybe – just maybe -this long winter is finally over!


    • Diana Beebe


      I admire people who can grow stuff, too. I get lucky every so often. 🙂 The sweet potatoes aren’t cooperating, but maybe I’ll get a few if the ground ever warms up enough for me to plant the slips. I may plant all four and see what happens.

      So sorry about those poor plants. I’m sure it wasn’t you. The plants probably didn’t like the car ride. Maybe some nice silk plants?
      😀

  4. Oh no! Poor potato! Reading about your garden is inspiring me to grow my own vegetables again. We just have a patio, and it doesn’t get a lot of sunlight, but I’m sure we can grow something at least! I’m going to wait to set it up, though, until I’m sure spring is here, too. 😉


    • Diana Beebe


      Yep, we’ll just see if anything comes of the two stragglers now. I’m excited that you’re going to try to garden in your little area! Definitely wait until spring gets here. Let me know what you decide to do and how you set it up. 🙂

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