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Garden Update: Sweet Potato Treasure …. Arrrr!!!

The summer gardening season is almost over at Los Rodriguez farm (we wish we had a farm…but oh well!). We had fun working in the garden, seeing things pop up, eating fresh veggies, chopping herbs, fighting mildew and uninvited “guests”. We refused to use pesticides or anything that could add toxins to our plants, so in many cases the uninvited guests won the battle. La temporada de jardineo ya casi termina en la granja de los Rodriguez (deseariamos que fuese una granja…pero bueno!). Lo pasamos bien trabajando en la huerta, viendo cosas crecer, comiendo vegetales frescos, cortando hierbas, luchando contra hongos e “invitados” inesperados. Nos rehusamos a usar insecticidas o cualquier cosas que agregara toxinas a nuestras plantas, asi que en muchos casa los invitados inesperados ganaron la batalla.

the garden hey-day – sunflowers and roses in full bloom, healthy zucchini and tomatoes…

We fought hard to keep the powdery mildew away from the squash plants using a 1:10 mix of milk and water – it helped! We had to fight a couple of rodents that were attacking the tomatoes and feasting on their spoils – Chupete and a couple of mouse traps did the trick! We saw the zucchini plants yield generously until the squash bugs decided to call our garden home – we lost that battle. Our cucumber worked great for a few weeks, but then it died from the drought troubles. The tomatoe plants grew big and tomatoes were flowing like crazy but some pest also attacked them and a few weeks ago I had to take the plants out…it was a sad day. But there is hope! Our peppers, asparagus, butternut squash, and sweet potatoes are holding the fort. A big green monster tried to eat our pepper plants but we found it in time to save them….so now they are all in pots safe in our front porch. Luchamos con todo para mantener los hongos a raya y lejos de los zapallos usando una mezcla de agua y leche en proporcion de 1:10 – funciono! Luchamos contra un par de roedores que atacaron nuestros tomates y se dieron un festin con la fruta mala – Chupete y un par de trampas fueron la solucion! Vimos a los zapallos italianos crecer y darnos frutos hasta que los bichos de zapallo decidieron usarlos como su casa – perdimos esa batalla. El pepino crecio bien por un par de semanas pero luego murio debido a la sequia. Los tomates crecieron grandes y los tomates nos llovian pero algun tipo de bicho los ataco y hace unas semanas tuve que sacar las plantas…fue un dia triste. Pero hay esperanza! Los pimientos, esparragos, algunos zapallos, y los camotes estan firmes en su lugar. Un monstruo verde intento comerse nuestras plantas de pimientos pero lo identificamos a tiempo para salvarlas….asi que ahora estan cada una en un macetero sin peligro en el porch del frente.
What we are really excited about is harvesting sweet potatoes! Leslie loves them, she was so pumped when we planted them. For a while they didn’t look great and we weren’t sure if they would yield anything. Oh I was so wrong….they look awesome! I was able to see a couple that were actually poking the surface, so that was my cue to go ahead and dig them out. This was my first time harvesting potatoes so here is what I did.Grab the pitchfork and dig it as far down as possible to avoid hurting the potatoes and loosen the plant from underneath…. Lo que nos tienes muy emocionados es la cosecha de camote! A Leslie le encantan, estaba tan feliz cuando las plantamos. Por mucho tiempo no se veian bien, y nos estabamso seguros si ibamos a poder cosechar algo o no. Pero estabamos TAN equivocados….crecieron geniales! Pude ver un par saliendo a la superficie asi que esa fue mi senal para cosecharlas. Esta fue mi primera vez cosechando camotes asi que esto fue lo que hice.Tome un tenedor gigante (no estoy seguro del nombre en espanol) y lo enterre lo mas profundo posible bajo la planta de camote, asegurandome de no danar los tuberculos, y solte la tierra haciendo palanca…
With the plant now loose, pull it up and uncover the treasure!! What ye think??!?! Arrr!!!! Con la planta suelta de la tierra, la tire y descubri el teroso!!! Que les parece?? Arrrrrr!!!
Clean the potatoes in a bucket and set them in the counter to dry for storage. Limpie los camotes en un balde y los puse en el meson a secar para poder guardarlos.
So simple, so delicious, so nutritious…can you tell we are excited? Ok, so now we need your help! We have a couple of ideas about how to make them, but it wouldn’t hurt to ask for recipes of your favorite dish using sweet potatoes. Can you help us out? (Needless to say – we will post about the dishes we try!) Muy simple, delicioso, nutritivo…creen que estamos emocionados? Ok, asi que ahora necesitamos su ayuda! Tenemos un par de ideas de como preparar los camotes, pero no seria malo escuchar recetas de ustedes tengan donde se usen camotes. Nos pueden ayudar? (Demas esta decir – postearemos sobre los platos que probemos!)

23 thoughts on “Garden Update: Sweet Potato Treasure …. Arrrr!!! Leave a comment

  1. We had problems with those giant caterpillars too! It helped to pick them off and carry them down the street (couldn’t bring myself to kill them), but they did find their way back.

  2. Haha. I always feel way too bad to kill the caterpillars, I had at least 15-20 of them last year…I think only one survived the predatory wasps and birds. Beautiful little garden! Love the sun room!

  3. we had our share of caterpillar problems as well. just one time we let a group of black & white caterpillars eat the leaves of our ashitaba plants to their hearts content. a few weeks after there were butterflies colored black, white and red all over our garden. yes, they all came back to us and they were beautiful, and the ashitaba leaves, well they’re growing back.

    • sounds lovely! Well, minus the poor plant, but happy to hear it’s growing back! I do wish we grew more flowers that attracted butterflies. That’s the plan next year – planting more flowers to beautify the area (in addition to the veggies!)

    • The milk/water combo was just to fight the mildew (and it worked really well! Just had to keep spraying – once a week or so). We’ll have to check out the book – Chupi was able to kill a rat, but not before it ate all our compost! As for the herbs, we have lemon verbana, basil, mint…I think that may be it. We tried cilantro but it didn’t last long in the heat! and happy Friday to you!

    • That’s just our kind of recipe – nice and simple! You’re the second person to suggest savory sweet potatoes – looks like we have to try it! Sounds so delicious!

  4. I don’t have a recipe, but you should do something fun with some of them like a sweet potato bread or sweet potato pancakes. Mmmm. 🙂

  5. I do daily battle with snails. Most of the time they win! So jealous of your sweet potatoes. It’s my dream to grow sweet potatoes. I have tried several times but only had success one year.

    • I think we just got really lucky. Though they were not very big (probably because I pull them too soon). We love sweet potatoes, don’t give up. If you want to keep snails away make a perimeter of salt, they wont cross it.
      Thanks for stopping by, we really like your blog!

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