Showing posts from May, 2017

Growing Sweet Potatoes & Yams

I have been trying may hand at growing yams for two seasons now, from slips that I grew on myself.

The first year, I had great success and many slips, while last year I had minimal success and only a very few slips.

I did, however, have semi decent success growing them. Was able to get just enough tubers from each slip to keep me intrigued and want to keep on trying ; )

This year I found a farmer fella who actually grows a couple dozen varieties and sells the slips. Happiness!

As this farmer fella lives on the opposite side of the country, I thought it prudent to trial several varieties to see which ones fare best here on the island.

Pic from the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
These are the ones that I ended up choosing this year ...  (The variety information blurbs come from two different sources.) 

Ginseng Red- An early producing heirloom with pinkish brown skin and golden flesh. Bush habit and attractive, deeply serrated, ivy-like leaves.

Heirloom Variety. An unusual variety that off…

Ramblings In The Garden For The Month of May

Our month of May is proving to be much different than those in years past. So very cold and grey yet this year, hard to know exactly what to plant.

I just looked back on my post from last year ... by this time I apparently had most of my beds planted up, was just waiting for the hot weather veggies to go in.... This year, I only have two beds planted up! Oh dear! 
So then... what exactly can you plant? 
Tomatoes.... sort of... 
Determinate paste (aka Roma style) tomatoes
Tomatoes need the soil to be warm when you plant them, so a few consistent nights of +10°C is needed before you start to harden them off to pop them into the ground. Mine are outside hardening off as we speak.. but the days need to be warmer before I actually plant them. 
Make sure to harden off your plants, to acclimate them slowly to the higher light and cooler air before you plant. I put mine in a part sun/part shade location for 2 or 3 days and then go ahead and plant. 

If tomatoes get too cold, the foliage will tur…

Planting Onions From Seed or Seedling

Why grow onions from seed or seedling rather than sets?

First of all, those mesh bags of onion sets always seemed so iffy to me. You get to choose from a limited variety, onions simply called yellow, white, red, or multiplier. No idea of what onion it actually is, where, or how it was grown. Likely not organically!

Secondly, onions grown from seed are more disease resistant, and grow bigger, better and faster, too. I found this out after breaking my wrist, one spring long ago, being unable to drive to the shops. Tossed some seeds straight into the garden beds and had the best crop of onions I had ever grown. I have never gone back to sets since! 

When you grow from seed, you have a great selection of varieties to choose from, all sorts of whites and reds and yellows.

A couple of my favourites are Tropeana Lunga and Lunga di Firenze, long torpedo shaped onions that are mild and sweet in flavour.

Walla Walla onions are always a big hit here on the west coast, too. Though they are not …