Friday, April 8, 2011

that tuber's crazy!

a few weeks ago when the bf was in the kitchen i hear "whoa, what's that?! look at that guy!" when i turned there on top of the microwave was the most PUNK ROCK sweet potato i have ever seen! he was sporting a lil green and purple mohawk of a leaf/root consistency. half paying attention i said, "you can throw it away," even though inside i was a lil curious and embarrassed at the same time. being basically the same being after all these years, he said, "no, it's kinda cool, let's see what happens," and on we went with our night, weekend, following days. time rolled by and another weekend was upon us and we noticed our little guy was still doing well (chilling and growing, but now on top of the counter).

i asked babe if we should move him, thinking maybe he'd benefit from light and should be placed closer to the window. he said, 'no obviously he likes where he is, look at 'em." sure enough lil tuber's mohawk was growing at an alarming rate. i decided to put him on the plant stand near the window anyway. i'm sure you can guess what happened. yep, his lil vine thingies (i now know they are called slips) started reaching for the sunlight! so not only was he punk, but now had a gangsta lean! i LOVE THIS GUY!

i'd been itching to garden and this lil science experiment was just adding fuel to the fire! i decided i need to do some research, and quickly headed for google.

"my sweet potato is growing" enter. 

tons of articles popped up and i was drawn to one i found on 'you grow girl,' a funky gardening blog where the chick had grown her sweet potatoes in a reusable shopping bag! a bag? yes. i guess this is a practice commonly used in england.

to sum it up, you can let the little slips grow to 5-6 inches (my lil guy's longest ones are around 10"!!!), twist them off and plant them, or you can put the sweet potato in a jar of water let it get roots/grow to be a leafy plant and toss that into the ground. i just put him in water today, we'll see what happens. i'm hoping for the best. moral of the story, i'm going to try to grow sweet taters! and this experience, has gotten the ball rolling on my gardening project, which is long overdue! more to come on that later....stay tuned....

my little man =} he wanted to grow so badly, couldn't toss him.

hope he grows into this someday!  a mother can dream...(from You Grow Girl thread,)

Growing Sweet Potatoes in a Bag


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