Mary's Veggie Garden

April 23, 2012

Rain! Beautiful Rain!

Filed under: Gardening,Peas,Spinach,Sweet Potatoes,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 12:54 pm

It’s raining as I type. In the last 36 hours, 1.75″ of rain have fallen. After nothing but trace amounts of rain for three weeks and only 1.2″  in March, this rain is a blessing. My plants are smiling and my rain barrels are full.

Snow Peas Oregon Sugar Pod II enjoying the rain.

I invited rain by installing soaker hoses on Wednesday. My husband cinched it by repairing the faucet in the garage – which has been dripping since 1998, soaking the garage interior with every use.

Squirrel holes in the spinach.

I’m finding holes in the garden, probably squirrels digging for nuts. This is the second time they’ve dug in this spot in the spinach. They must have buried a batch of nuts here. Normally I protect new plantings with a piece of fencing laid on top.  However the peas were threatening to wrap their tendrils around the fencing so I moved it.

The spinach has really suffered from the dryness much more than the peas.

Now that the soil is wet, my next job is to mulch everything and trellis those peas.

Cascadia Snap Peas protected by fencing.

I am now harvesting sweet potato slips for rooting. A slip roots in about a week. On 4/13 I harvested 20 and on 4/22 I potted up a batch of 38. At roughly Sweet potato slips potted up for rooting.The mother sweet potatoes after slip harvest.a dollar a slip, that comes to $58. Some are for my garden , but most will be given away.

From the looks of the mother sweet potatoes there are lots more slips to come.

In this area, slips cannot be planted outside until Memorial Day.


  1. Your peas are looking great so are your sweet potatoes. Did you find any nuts where the squirrels were digging?

    Comment by Norma Chang — April 23, 2012 @ 4:42 pm | Reply

    • I never find the nuts. I can turn a bed and find an oak tree growing there a month later.
      Those are the slips for LG.


      Comment by marysveggiegarden — April 23, 2012 @ 5:02 pm | Reply

  2. your peas and sweet potatoes are looking good. My sweets from the grocery store rotted instead of sprouting, so I might try and order some slips from some place; or just skip them for this year…

    Comment by maryhysong — April 24, 2012 @ 8:32 am | Reply

    • I wonder if the grocery store SPs were treated with sprout inhibitors. I ordered slips last year to get the different varieties, then saved my own SPs for growing slips this year. You could also save SPs bought at a farmers market. I leave mother SPs in water for only as long as it takes to start rooting (1-3 weeks) then I pot up the mother SP. My one experiment with growing slips with a mother SP in water, produced only a few slips and the mother eventually rotted below the water line.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — April 24, 2012 @ 9:21 am | Reply

  3. Hello, Mary may i ask a question about my slips, the slips are growing at a pace–my problem now is that many of the leaves on the slips have dulled and are pale green and some have brown on the edges, this is so with the ones still in water and ones in earth, the few still on the potato itself are fine & healthy, it’s after i twist them off and place in water/ or earth, by the way the root systems are strong and healthy–just the leaves not happy, could you give any sugestions as to why they may be so lackluster and newly pale, any advice is appreciated– ta sky

    Comment by sky — May 2, 2013 @ 6:26 pm | Reply

    • How long does it take for the slips to go from healthy green, as they look on the mother SP, to dull and pale?

      I think your slips may need feeding. Once rooted, slips grow rapidly (if it is warm.) Generally water has few nutrients, and the nutrients in potting mix are used rapidly, and used fastest in the smallest pots. Your slips should have roots in about a week so you can start feeding them about a week after twisting them off.

      I use fish emulsion, the houseplant formula half-strength, twice a week until the slips go into the garden. I feed all my growing transplants at the same time, the same way.

      Also, getting your slips outside for some warmth and sunshine should help. Increase outside time gradually, to harden them off.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — May 2, 2013 @ 7:18 pm | Reply

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