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Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
« Reply #60 on: May 29, 2009, 07:04:28 AM »
This is the Sweet Potato that I planted last week.  When I planted it, all but one of the shoots were about the height of the second or third leaf from the bottom, and the other shoot was an inch or two longer - and no leaves on any of them.  It's amazing how fast this has grown!

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Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
« Reply #61 on: May 29, 2009, 07:06:17 AM »
Well the corn is tasseling...and we are getting peppers now! Still need to plant the trees and shrubs that are ready! UGGHH never get done!

Just have to put your corps of gardeners to work.  ;D
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Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
« Reply #62 on: May 30, 2009, 01:55:06 PM »
So, from Friday morning before work until Saturday at 1:20PM, my Sweet Potato grew quite a bit:
(Note: I did rotate the pot, so the shoots would grow straight up.)

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Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
« Reply #63 on: May 30, 2009, 03:27:01 PM »
 Great Sweet potato David!
 Try a piece of ginger root next!
 My Scareheron seems to be working.
 My fishies are acting more normal. I think the heron got 4 of my koi. I have 2 left that I have seen. Very sad.
 My Cherokee purple tomatoes are ripening. Very strange looking.
 The yard and gardens are looking good here.
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Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
« Reply #64 on: May 30, 2009, 10:19:50 PM »
David,
Sweet potatoes are a vine... so they will not grow straight. If allowed they will take over a yard.... seriously! I planted one shoot 3 yrs ago and harvested 20+ lbs of potatoes! Ginger is great and easy in a pot... that said make sure you use a BIG pot that is wider than deep as they will spread and break through a tall narrow pot in a year if happy!

I have tomatoes of all kinds and colours that are now 6" across... wish they would ripen...NOW!  Cat

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Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
« Reply #65 on: May 30, 2009, 11:42:29 PM »
David,
Sweet potatoes are a vine... so they will not grow straight. If allowed they will take over a yard.... seriously! I planted one shoot 3 yrs ago and harvested 20+ lbs of potatoes! Ginger is great and easy in a pot... that said make sure you use a BIG pot that is wider than deep as they will spread and break through a tall narrow pot in a year if happy!

I have tomatoes of all kinds and colours that are now 6" across... wish they would ripen...NOW!  Cat

I'm just trying to grow the shoots straight up for a foot or two, and then I'm going to train them grow across the railing on my apartment porch.  After Church tomorrow, I think I'm going to buy a bigger pot to move the Sweet Potato into before it grows much more.

As far as Ginger goes, do you buy it at the grocery store and plant it, or do you get it at a Garden Center?  Does it flower?

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Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
« Reply #66 on: May 31, 2009, 02:51:00 PM »
Here's the Sweet Potato after repotting it this afternoon.  This planter should allow enough space for several potatoes to grow.




And, here's the rest of my outdoor garden - including the Cactus plants growing up the window and wall.  Too bad none of the Cacti are blooming right now

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« Reply #67 on: May 31, 2009, 10:12:39 PM »
Buy it at the grocery store.... look for a root with a bit of greening shoot on it... then just pot it up and wait. Yes they usually bloom a white or off white flower! Good thing about it is break off a piece when you need it for stir fry! Cat

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« Reply #68 on: May 31, 2009, 11:21:43 PM »
Springtime in a wizard's garden



Dogwood in bloom



Bartlett pear in bloom



detail of the flower bed under the pear tree



Valentine's day gifts for a wizard with an eye on his blood sugar levels



new border to replace the landscaping timbers around the azalea bed in front of the porch

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Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
« Reply #69 on: June 03, 2009, 07:33:07 AM »
The last photos of the Sweet Potato were on Sunday afternoon, 31-May-09.  By Monday afternoon, the vines had already started wrapping around the porch railing on their own - I didn't have to do anything but put the planter near the railing.

These shots are from Tuesday afternoon, 2-Jun-09  (It's amazing how fast these vines have taken off!  :o ):




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Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
« Reply #70 on: June 11, 2009, 11:05:48 AM »
It's been more than a week since the last photo I posted.

This picture was taken on Tuesday afternoon, 9-Jun-09, and the vine has quite a few more leaves and is beginning to spread out on the porch railing.

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Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
« Reply #71 on: June 15, 2009, 12:29:19 PM »
 It does look happy and healthy David!  What do you feed it with? I love Hastagro. Pinch the tip if you want it to bush out a bit!
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Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
« Reply #72 on: June 15, 2009, 12:50:31 PM »
There was Miracle Grow potting soil in the original green pot that I put the sprouting Sweet Potato in at first.  I had some more of that soil that I added to the larger terra-cotta colored pot, along with some plain potting soil.  I haven't added any other plant food or fertilizer yet.  Is Hastagrow something I'd find at Home Depot, Lowes, or Wal Mart?  Is it a granular or liquid fertilizer?

I want it to cover the railing a bit more before I encourage it to bush out.

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Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
« Reply #73 on: June 16, 2009, 11:05:26 AM »
 I have even found Hastagro at HEB in their garden section.  I like miracle grow too!
 I have a few of the ornamental sweet potato vines. They grow fast.
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Re: The Queen's Royal Garden
« Reply #74 on: June 18, 2009, 10:36:29 AM »
Oh Alphonse, I am most envious of your Dogwood trees. They are just beautiful! Maybe you could swing by and plant one in our Royal Garden.
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