Thursday, August 27, 2009

Progress and Potatoes

You all were right! I replanted all of the kohlrabi and sure enough it sprouted perfectly. I suppose it was just too hot that first go around. The first round of radishes are bulbing up and the lettuce is getting larger and larger and will most likely get transplanted this weekend. The only problem is that even though I had a system at first, now I don't remember which of the three types of lettuce I planted where. It will be an adventure for sure, I just hope the ones I pick as the romaine go behind all of the others. ;)

I don't think I planted the rutabaga and beets deep enough because they're getting rather leggy. I'm going to try to hill some extra soil around them to see if it will help since I'm thinking they won't bulb up as leggy as they are.

The cucumbers have begun climbing which is nice, and the beans in the side yard are starting to show little beans. The zipper peas/cream crowder peas are flowering more and more each day which is just exciting. The pods are sticking out to the side like alien arms. I don't know why I thought they'd hang like beans or peas, but they're not.

I think I may have mentioned this issue with the sweet potatoes a long, long time ago. There's one plant that seems to have been mottled from the start. Ignore the holes in most of the leaves and notice the leaf in the center. All of the leaves on that one vine are mottled with lighter green skin and darker purple veins. Earlier in the season, I thought it was a disease, but it's never transferred to other plants, so I left the vine alone. Here's another leaf also in the center:
It looks also as if all of the new growth from that one vine is also of that same coloration. Anyone experience this before?
The morning comes early. Sweet gardening dreams.


  1. Hmmm...I haven't noticed if any of my SP leaves look that way, but I did notice some tubers protruding from the soil while watering. WooHoo! I'm really having a difficult time refraining from picking them!

  2. Wow! I've tried digging around the roots, but I haven't found anything yet, myself. When are you picking yours? I hear it's before the first frost...

  3. Hi Ribbit,
    Sometimes the purple color indicates a deficiency in could take a soil test.
    Hope this helps. Have a great weekend

  4. Days to maturity is 90-120, and the best I can figure - sept. 1st will be 90 days, and oct. 1st 120. I'll probably let them go 120, and hope the white fringed beetles don't ruin them. (I have tons of these bugs in my garden!) I'll probably drench them with spectracide this weekend.

  5. Oh, sweet potatoes. Next year, next year! There's one in my window waiting for late spring. I just have to coax it along, I guess. I'm a little jealous of your on-top-of-it-ness!