Harvesting Giant Sweet Potatoes from Fabric Pots

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.

Fabric pot container garden transition from summer to fall

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.

My First Tropical hibiscus Seedling Bloom

Despite all the rain, wind, and nasty weather, my tropical hibiscus seedling bloomed for the first time since I planted it two years ago. This one turned out to be a 7 inch Double Tropical Hibiscus Bloom with smoky purple, pink, and a white margin. I love it! I have included a small picture album.