Tuesday, July 19, 2011

This Week's Gardening...

Last week we only had one day that dipped below 95. This week the forecast is for 100's all week. Guess where I am? Yup. Inside. Guess where I'm not. Yup, the garden. I do go out and water, and the family picks various produce but we're just not spending the time outside, lest we be cooked to death. Our pledge/goal is to work outside a couple nights this week, ie: after 8 pm where hopefully God's fan will help us work cooler. We'll see.


In the mean time, we're growing sweet potatoes. Yes, I know they take 100 days (November 1st!) Yes, I know I'm behind and too late and foolish. I don't care.  Someone posted this video on Facebook last week and I couldn't quit thinking about it.




So when we stopped into Trader Joes this past weekend, I grabbed up a bag of organic sweet potatoes and I'm determined to make them my own! We'll grow them inside for a few weeks until they vine and then my goal is to plant them in 5 gallon white paint buckets. This way, when October rolls around and we can potentially have some freezes, I can pull all the buckets in the house, into the dining room to line the wall under the window for the last few weeks of growing. I'm determined. Can you tell?

I had the pre-teen watch the video and explained about pesticides and how they can harm us. She helped me fill jars (given to me for canning by hubby's boss. So thankful.) with water and stick toothpicks in the sides. I put them up on top of the hutch, hoping the cat doesn't find them. He's awfully curious and will want to pull them all out!


Chicken update: We've had a couple crackages. We're down to 10 eggs now. We tried candling on Sunday night but couldn't see anything. I think we'll wait until next Sunday (at 10 days) or maybe even the next Friday before we candle again. We're just nervous Nelllies, being that this is our first time hatching. Crossing fingers.

Okay, back to planning our homeschool. An update on that coming soon...

6 comments:

Zonnah said...

That was the cutest video and now I am with you and want to grow one :)

I heard hatching eggs is hard. I hope you don't loose anymore.

Melinda said...

It's just as hot here. I went out to pick green beans last night and almost melted! I'm going to enjoy the garden from my windows this week! I hope those chicks hatch for you! What fun!

Our Side of the Mountain said...

Oh, you're incubating chicken eggs? How fun! We did it twice this spring. Out of 2 clutches and 16 eggs, we have 10 chicks! (The oldest chick is 8 1/2 weeks and the 9 from the 2nd batch are 4 1/2.) The kids are LOVIN' the experience! I'm not so sure about having chicks walking around the house however! LOL We're ordering our coop tomorrow! I hope you get a bunch! Stopping by from the HHH!

Diana said...

We've been in the 90's pretty consistently since the middle of May, with a few weeks where it dipped down into the 80's -- and I guess this is how it will be until October. This would be acceptable if we were closer than a 10 hour drive to the Gulf!

Hope your sweet potato experiment works out! (with all this heat I'm feeling like I should have planted JUST sweet potatoes and okra!

Lynn said...

Good luck on your sweet potatoes! :) That is something I would like to try to grow in the future. I've had a hard time finding organic sweet potatoes around here. Maybe I am just looking at the wrong time. The video was really cute and also eye opening.

Sadie said...

We've grown sweet potatoes for the past 3 years. But we always buy the slips from the co-op. Though I do have an avocado in a jar of water on my window sill...

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