This is an update showing the Surprise sunflower blooming. In this Sweet potato reveal, I have Asian purple, Japanese, and an unnamed orange sweet potato which was very sweet and delicious even served plain. The garden tour shows off my planted seedlings of broccoli, cauliflower, Camarosa strawberry, carrots, collards, Red Russian Kale, Cinderella Pumpkin, and Dickinson Pumpkin all container grown. Toward the end of the video enjoy the beautiful Gulf Fritillary and Cloudless Sulphur Butterflies on Zinnias plus more sunflowers!
Harvesting the Asian Purple sweet potatoes was exhilarating and also a good workout! I added a generous layer of my homemade compost at the beginning of planting. I spent four months of my summer keeping caterpillars picked off of them. Weekly, I checked them to make sure the soil was moist and well-drained. I installed an irrigation system in Spring which went unused for a few months due to the constant rain. Closer to Fall, it became dryer, so it ended up becoming a time saver.
This video has a close-up illustration of how I connect the tubing. I find using a lighter to soften the plastic makes it easier to connect.
Preparing for winter
Lately, as illustrated by the photos, I have begun planting new starts of winter veggies in place of the sweet potatoes. I also have my greenhouse set up and mulched for winter. Yes, I still need to rake the leaves and clean up around my containers. I have spring bulbs and cold-hardy flowers I am experimenting with. I will be updating you soon about my growing projects. For the first time in my life, I will try to raise summer veggies in the same space as my tropical plants. Wish me luck! And now a moment of silence as I say goodbye to the Summer flowers right before frost.