Sigh. No sweet potatoes from the 4×4 raised bed this year. Apparently
last year’s crop was beginners luck.
About this time in 2015 the bed had gone completely free range..
Free Range Sweet Potatoes
SWEET POTATOES THE STORY: CLICK LINK
This year a couple of sweet potatoes in the bottom of the bin
(24 pounds of sweet potatoes can be surprisingly hard to consume or even
give away in 9 months!) were SO gung ho and eager to grow into adult plants
they sprouted two inch roots with no water or encouragement so I had no choice
but to cut them up and put them into the raised bed of their birth so they could
For several weeks all was well. Then one morning this sight greeted my wondering eyes.
I think this heist was pulled by the deer who currently grace our neighborhood because
that level of consumption is alot of work for the resident rabbit. At least for one night.
Bambi IN THE HOOD CLICK LINK
Sooo, once I determined the plants would recover I retaliated against the
wildlife with this:
And then this morning all the plants were gone! INSIDE THE PROTECTION CANOPY!
There were holes in the ground. Voles or moles no doubt. As soon as my
grief will allow I will post autopsy photos. Sob!
By July a dozen sweet potato slips had gone free range and burst
out of the 4×4 raised bed.
From really big to tiny and everything in between here are 26 lbs of
Sweet Potatoes from a 4 foot by 4 foot raised bed.
Planted about a dozen slips June 6th in a raised bed made from recycled deck boards.
The sizes vary, but they are quite tasty (the critters- moles/voles/chipmunks? agree)
hence the gardening project over the summer growing season was well worth it!
The modern wheelbarrow is a model of hardy, robust technology —
with a one piece molded thermoplastic shell, pneumatic wheel mounted
on a ball bearing axle, powder coat metal brackets to hold everything
together which can take years to rust– yet even with all
those innovations sometimes the whole business falls apart because the
wooden handle breaks. Fortunately, with a quick and simple replacement
handle the humble, handy cart is back to work…..
1872 Raleigh Garden
Urban Raleigh has always been home to a robust gardening tradition dating back to at
least 1872 when Residences on Hillsboro Street were indistinguishable from miniature
farms with outbuildings, orchards and crops growing in the middle of downtown.
In the (now occupied) former vacant lot at the intersection of Clark and Brooks Ave,
(across from NCSU) a prolific two acre garden in the 1980’s produced vegetables in
nearly truck farm quantities.
Of course, always remember and never forget WPTF 680’s classic Saturday morning
radio staple: THE WEEKEND GARDENER (CLICK THIS LINK)
And, in addition, for the past five years Raleigh has also been blessed with the
presence of a free print publication: TRIANGLE GARDENER CLICK THIS LINK