Mid Atlantic Gardens - Yours, Ours and Theirs forum: Share a Sample of Your Edibles ~ Veggie, Fruit & Herb Gardens in 2011 #6

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Imagestormyla
Nov 6, 2011 12:38 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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I'm not a big sweet potato eater. I do occasionally eat them, but not often enough to warrant growing them. Thanks, Carol! Smiling
Imagebitbit
Nov 6, 2011 12:47 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Carol, those sound awesome! I don't know what variety my sweet potatoes are, but they're pretty standard in color, size, and taste.
AlohaHoya
Nov 6, 2011 1:53 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
You could try something conventional like 'chips' until they get used to it.... Whistling
Leap. The net will appear.
Imagesallyg
Nov 6, 2011 2:12 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
I tried to sprout a purple sweet potato from the store but it wouldn't- it may have been treated not to sprout. But I also thought/ hoped it could have purple leaves.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagesheryl
Nov 6, 2011 6:18 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
I would love some, Carol. I could trade you.... aw shoot, what *can* you send to Hawaii, anyway???
AlohaHoya
Nov 6, 2011 11:14 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
You can send me anything but grasses!!!!

No need to trade...would be happy to send you some... send me a cmail with your address.... Big Grin
Leap. The net will appear.
Imageeric4home
Nov 7, 2011 8:22 AM CST
Name: Ric
Dover, Pa
Carol,Do they have a pretty vine? Could they be used dual purpose, ornamental and crop? That would make them an unusual addition to the garden. Smiling Ric
The Amen of nature is always a flower.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Thanks to Grandma and the joy flowers brought to her and in turn to me.
Imagestormyla
Nov 7, 2011 8:34 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Well, I pretty much cleaned out the entire veggie growing area. The only crops that I have left growing now are broccoli, Leeks, onions, garlic, cabbage, beets, asparagus, chard and brussel sprouts. I never did get around to planting any greens. I still have some seeds for different greens and peas. Is it at all worthwhile planting any of those now if I plan to cover the growing boxes with hard plastic?
Imagebitbit
Nov 7, 2011 8:48 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Carol, I posted here earlier and now it seems to be gone. What can I do to get in on the purple sweet potato exchange? Big Grin

Stormy, I'm growing a lot of greens under plastic this year. I'm not sure how they'll do, since it's my first time. I have lettuce, arugula, chard, pak choi, spinach, radicchio, and mache as far as greens go (also some green onions and parsley) in my tunnels. Most of them are just borderline hardy here, so I'm hoping the protection of the plastic will keep them alive all winter.
Imagestormyla
Nov 7, 2011 8:54 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Thanks Bit! I'm wondering if seeds will germinate outdoors in the cooler temperatures now. What does anyone think?
Imagebitbit
Nov 7, 2011 9:01 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
I just seeded some more pak choi yesterday. It grew much faster than I expected from the first planting, and I want some to last me into the colder season. I can't guarantee success, but I figured it was worth a try. We've still got highs in the 60s and 70s and lows in the 40s and 50s forecast for at least the next two weeks here.

Imagestormyla
Nov 7, 2011 9:13 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Maybe I will put some seeds out. I would love to have more greens. My chard is getting very tall now.

Those celery stalk regrowths are pretty slow growing after the initial spurt.
AlohaHoya
Nov 7, 2011 11:56 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
OK...those who want some purple sweet potatoes send me a Cmail with that title....I will send them out before Tgiving...

Ric...as I recall, the vines are very pretty!!! Will get some recipes too... I have had them cooked in coconut milk....

I had to pull ALL of my bokchoy, yukina, rapini - decimated by aphids and whitefly. Damn...they found me!!! I can't hide out now!!!!! I think I will try neem worked into the soil....

Big Grin
Leap. The net will appear.
Imagebitbit
Nov 7, 2011 12:06 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Oh no, Carol! Sorry to hear about losing your Brassicas. I have to keep on top of the cabbage worms here, but thankfully not many other pests on mine.
Imagestormyla
Nov 7, 2011 1:32 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I never put neem into the soil before, but I have dunked my pots that I was bringing indoors in a bath of it mixed with Dawn and Rubbing alcohol. It seemed to do the trick.
Imagesallyg
Nov 9, 2011 11:17 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Seeds in cold soil- Plastic over your bins, I think would do well.
My problem with winter things like spinach, are the winter weeds like henbit and chickweed and bittercress. I might leave the bittercress and eat it.
I kept lettuce alive thru heavy snow, by surrounding with water bottles and draping that all with row cover.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagestormyla
Nov 9, 2011 11:49 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I have to buy some row cover. I meant to take some beets to a friend last night and completely forgot.
Imagesallyg
Dec 4, 2011 12:11 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Went out the other day and picked a big bunch of mixed greens. I'll have to look up my old packets, but some are 'komatsuna Japanese spinach' some are some sort of choi, a few leaves of chard and some red mustard. They are growing well except for the chard which just gets horribly eaten by some mysterious bug. I'm so happy I found and tried these other cabbage family things which don't get eaten in this weather (too cold for cabbage caterpillars).
I cxhopped the greens and put stems first into a saucepan with some garlic and olive oil and chicken fat, let them simmer some first, then added the rest of the chopped greens, layered with sprinkles of salt. Really tasty.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
ImageHollyAnnS
Dec 12, 2011 10:10 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Sally we had mixed lettuce on our sandwiches yesterday. Josh and Courtney took little Lily down to the GH to cut some and she was so excited when she came back to the house with her greens.
Life is Great! Holly
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Imagebitbit
Dec 12, 2011 11:20 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
I just harvested and cooked the first of the Brussels sprouts from my garden. They came out a little loose-leafed, probably due to my sandy soil, but the taste is incredible Thumbs up Just chopped them a bit, and roasted them in the oven with a little olive oil, salt and pepper.

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