July 11, 2013 at 7:47 pm #521181
Ok I admit it I’ve been caught out this time. I did not bother to check out the link Janine, shame on me after you bothered to add the link.
I had seen some info on growing mushies in bags etc and to me, it just didn’t seem worth the bother. I do, however like the idea in your link of growing mushies around trees like that.
I wonder how you get on after the first planting and harvesting, when you want to replant. What I mean is, does the chipwood planting medium need to be re-sterilized because that, to me, would be too much bother.
threedogs, thankyou for that lotus info. How deep does the water need to be please?
🙂July 11, 2013 at 10:53 pm #521182threedogsMember
Our original lotus is growing in about 70cm-90cm of water. I think they will do ok in a bit deeper water but I have no personal experience of that. Lotus like to grow out of gloop and mud on the bottom. I think sometimes people make the mistake of trying to grow them in conditions which are too ‘pristine’. 🙂July 11, 2013 at 11:14 pm #521183
Yes Bobbee I am wondering that myself, I agree doing that every year would be a pain, I will have to post a comment on the blog, I am trying to reduce my inputs so I don’t want to be bringing in things every year and unless the mushies can be self sustaining I don’t want to bother.
On a second note has anyone started sweet potato plants as slips? I was going to get seed sweet potatoes but then I was watching a you tube that mentioned the slips, they look like a great way to start a great many plants from a single tuber, any thoughts?
JanineJuly 13, 2013 at 12:55 am #521184
Yes I have started sweet potatoes from slips, Steve gave us some hints re growing from slips eg instead of just planting a 30cm cutting, cut a longer piece and wind it round and round in a circle and plant that.
You can get a sw pot from each thingy on the cutting.
I haven’t dug mine yet, hope there is something there and hope I haven’t left them too long. I think I’m rather afraid there will be nothing under the ground. :laugh:
🙂July 13, 2013 at 3:07 am #521185
Thanks Bobbee, I’d be very interested to hear about your yields, I can get seed sweet potatoes from green harvest, but again if I can establish my own plants, harvest and then grow slips from the tubers I’d be a happy girl 🙂July 13, 2013 at 11:06 am #521186veginoutMember
Does anyone in colder areas grow sweet potato? I’ve tried a few years now with no success for tubers, though I do get green growth and the odd pretty flower.
Have heard anecdotal stories of successful harvests in lower Vic and Tassie, but haven’t met any of these mythical people and I know a lot of local gardeners.
I thought a metal sided raised bed, fresh manure on the bottom for compost warmth, with black weedmat on top, but weedmat might curtail new shoots. Anyone with hints to get them going down south?July 13, 2013 at 1:13 pm #521187
I’ve grown sweet potatoes successfully here! I’ve found that you need to keep burying portions of the trailing vine so that it grows more sweet potatoes where the vine is buried. It can also pay to leave them in for a second summer to develop a good size. The vine goes quite daggy in winter with cold/frost and loses most of its leaves, but will kick off again the second spring/summer. They even grow here in heavy clay soil which is not meant to be very good conditions for them. Although it’s probably even colder where you are because we at least get very hot summers, so results may vary….July 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm #521188Lotus BlueMember
Re: sweet potato – I started my patch from slips then bury bits of the vine for new plants to be replanted into another bathtub.
I like to grow sweeties in a bathtub because it is much easier to ‘bandicoot’ them when the time comes.
Re: lotus – an awesome plant. I haven’t yet planted any, however the lotus is always with me. I had to receive counselling many years ago due to ongoing depression/self esteem issues and found by using the lotus plant evolving into the flower as a wonderful spiritual meditation visual.
I love to spend time out in the garden especially my produce patch, everyday there is something new.
I always have fresh herbs, love having a go at raising heirloom seeds to vegies – then enjoy eating them.July 13, 2013 at 5:01 pm #521189Judi BKeymaster
It seems my deception is working the cabbage moth/butterfly isn’t coming near the brassicas.
I just printed out some butterflies, laminated them and put them on threads and on the end of some garden stakes.
I have a patch with broccoli in it and put the butterflies them while the patch of Brussels sprouts I didn’t put any butterflies over…..the broccoli is untouched but the Brussels sprouts look a bit holey.
I tried to add a photo but it doesn’t seem to be working :shrug:
It did work sort of …. there was no insert buttonJuly 13, 2013 at 6:30 pm #521190
Well done Judi B!July 15, 2013 at 1:20 am #521191
Yep Judles, well done. :clap:
Janine I have grown sweet potatoes here a couple of years ago, well maybe 3 or 4 years ago now, time slips away……
So I know they can grow. The last time the frost killed the plants but that was after I had harvested them. I got a couple of large ones and a number of much smaller ones. Well worth trying I reckon.
The thing I am working on now is to be able to keep them growing all year round as I assume I will have a bigger harvest then.
🙂July 15, 2013 at 11:37 am #521192
Great Bobbee, sweet potatoes is one of my staples. I am planning on creating some cloches this year made from a shade cloth that also gives protection from frost to extend harvests. What part of the country are you in?July 15, 2013 at 7:37 pm #521193
I’m in the Yarra Valley Janine, I seem to remember you live in the same area, of course I could easily be wrong about that. 😆
Today I saw my first halfandhalf bower bird. A young bird still with half its plumage green and half the dark, dark blue of the mature bird. He was quite mottled and I was thrilled to see him.
There are a lot of bower birds around at the moment, also harems of fairy wrens, they make quite a racket around the yard.
🙂July 15, 2013 at 8:23 pm #521194
Yep I’m not far, Bayswater North 🙂 I think Spring is going to be early this year, wattle is starting to bloom, by my reckoning it is a couple weeks early. I’m planning on starting some tomatoes and capsicums early indoors this year. I hadn’t done this before and I am wondering how early is too early to begin. I was planning in about a month. When they get big enough I am planning on planting them into a cloche covered bed in the garden until it really warms up. What do you think?July 15, 2013 at 11:41 pm #521195
Hi janinec. I actually think winter’s late this year, not spring early, but I could be very wrong! It’s only just getting cold here – barely feels like we’ve hit winter. Spring is normally quite late here and it doesn’t really start to warm up until around Christmas time. I find if I get spring seedlings going early, they go into the cold ground and limp along. Seedlings I start much later tend to do better if they go straight into the warmer ground. I’d hate to give you poor advice though – others may totally disagree with me! If you have the time/space, maybe try some early and see how you go?
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