Sweet Potato Harvest Combats End-of-Summer Weariness


| 9/2/2010 12:19:57 PM


Tags: Sweet Potato Harvest, Garden Clean-Up, Slugs, Fall Garden,

A photo of Shannon SaiaI'm feeling the same sense of garden malaise I felt this time last year, and somehow I don't feel as if I've accomplished nearly so much, though I did more this year than last year. I think that it's the excessive and ongoing heat, and how little that makes me want to go out and work in the garden, and the fact that the weeds in my garden could choke out oak trees ...

Sigh.

I went out to pull up some sweet potatoes, even though I was planning on leaving them be for a few weeks, mostly because I'm ready to mow the whole thing down, clean up, straighten up, re-fence, and set myself up for more control over next year's crop. I'm still trying to work up the energy to put in a fall garden. I did plant lettuce, chard and kale, but the bugs have already destroyed the kale, are working on the chard, and somehow I just haven't had much lettuce-eating energy this year. Is it just me, or do you have to be in a certain frame of mind to really be able to attack a salad? I'll probably still do the broccoli and cabbage, but I am in need of inspiration.

And this certainly helps.

Giant Sweet Potato

Now, I don't own a scale, but if I did I sure would plop this sucker, and another half a dozen or so like it, on there to see how big it actually is. I'm pretty sure it weighs more than my daughter did at birth. There's still a sweet potato patch in another part of the garden that I have to get out, but this here is a pretty good take. I also found a stray watermelon under the sweet potato vines.

Eliza from Urban Homesteader
9/16/2010 1:37:54 PM

Those sweet potatoes are amazing! You could practially feed the whole state of Rhode Island with that harvest. How fun that you found the unexpected reward of a watermelon hiding in the vines. I appreciate you sharing your honest feelings about weeds and bugs this summer, too. Somehow I thought I was the only one feeling weary...


S.M.R. Saia
9/5/2010 6:16:55 AM

Carolyn, dinner sounds great! Cindy, you crack me up. Slugs for pets, huh? Yuck. :0) Carolyn, Vickie and N. Dave, thanks for making me feel less alone with my weedy mess!!! I'm thinking this weekend - cooler - will be a good weekend for some cleanup. N. Dave, I can so see you doing a post about your automatic weedwacker you invented, cruising around your back yard like those vacuum-bots....you would make a fortune! Thanks for stopping by everybody!


S.M.R. Saia
9/5/2010 6:16:54 AM

Carolyn, dinner sounds great! Cindy, you crack me up. Slugs for pets, huh? Yuck. :0) Carolyn, Vickie and N. Dave, thanks for making me feel less alone with my weedy mess!!! I'm thinking this weekend - cooler - will be a good weekend for some cleanup. N. Dave, I can so see you doing a post about your automatic weedwacker you invented, cruising around your back yard like those vacuum-bots....you would make a fortune! Thanks for stopping by everybody!





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