Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Sweet Potato Saga Continues!

Good afternoon everyone. I know how anxiously you all have been waiting for the sweet potato update. If you aren't anxiously awaiting it, I am afraid you will probably be disappointed with this post. (grin) I hope it might help someone who wants to grow their own this summer. Ok, I took them out of the south window on Sunday. They were started about 6 weeks ago.They have really bushed out. Too bad the other sweet potato never did take off. It had some little leaves, but no roots and the leaves never did grow. It was getting smelly, so I tossed it. I have 2 more started, but I think this one will give us all the slips we will need. What are slips, you ask? hehe They are the little plants that I twist off of the sw. potato. I just grab the stem firmly down next to the sw. potato and twist and pull. Here they are all laid out. Most are about 6-8 inches tall, a few shorter.Here is the poor, almost bald sweet potato after I robbed it of its pretty slips. I never strip it of all of its slips. I am afraid it will rebel and quit putting on more. LOLAfter I twist the strips off, I remove the bottom inch or 2 of leaves. This part of them will be in water to grow roots. If you leave the bottom leaves on they get slimey and foul the water. Rotten sweet potato water smells really bad. You don't want that in your house. Here they are, all ready to go join their siblings in the jar of water. Just look at that root system of the first slips I twisted off. Too bad it isn't warm enough to plant these. I still have 2 months till they can be planted. I am afraid I might have started these too soon. Usually it takes a long time for the leaves and roots to develop, but this potato was just made for reproducing. (grin) I think if I change the water on them regularly, they will be ok. I hope anyway. Here they are, in the jar and ready to sit in the window. They love that sun. This concludes the update to the sweet potato saga. I hope it was worth your wait. LOLI don't have anything to show today about quilting. I have been quilting on the Savannah Star. I'm about 3/4 done with it, so no pictures. I did finish 2 wallets and 3 change purses yesterday. I posted a link yesterday to the wallet tutorial. I'll post is again, because it really is a great tutorial. It is here. I made these wallets from scraps. Here they are all folded and snapped. This is the inside of them. Card slots at the bottom, of course. The corn lining is on the back of the pumpkin wallet and the orange on back of the wild wallet. (grin)Here is the back side of them all opened out. I am getting better with those snaps. They come in a little kit and I have to use the hammer to get them in place. Even though, I had done a few before, I guess I had lost my touch. By the time I got all of these in, they were looking better. I think I will wait till tomorrow to share the change purses with you. Otherwise, I might not have anything to share. (grin) Tonight is Biggest Loser. I hope they don't do the cliff hanger thing any more. I didn't enjoy waiting a week to see if 2 people had to go home or if they were all safe for another week. It is cold and windy here today. We had lots of rain again last night. Some of the area rivers are reaching flood stage. Well, I guess that is all for me today. I want to eat a bowl of soup, then get back to my quilting. Everyone have a nice day. Thank you for visiting and please come back.

7 comments:

Milah said...

Thanks for the sweet potato tutorial! I will remember to remove the bottom leaves, I've smelt that water before!
Cute wallets, I will check out that tutorial as well. Thanks!
I missed the Biggest Loser last week so I don't know whats going on?? I'm sure I'll get caught up tonight.

faerieeva said...

I love the colours on those wallets. If only I had time. But then again, I got to fingerpaint yesterday. And that was great fun too.

Fruit of her hands said...

Winona~ Now you know that I was anxiously awaiting that sweet potato update!!! Love the wallets, I will have to bookmark that tutorial site and maybe try one someday. You do such good work. Can't wait to see the coin purses...
Blessings,Joann

~Bren~ said...

Is that the same wallet you made for me? I love mine!! The slits are perfect size and everything stays so organized...you know I am all about organized!
I am learning so much about sweet potatoes. I hope you continue all the way out to the garden and through the harvest...I have no idea how those things grow. I think they grow in the ground, right? Do you have to make a mound? Oh, I will just have to wait til planting time to see it all!!!
Have a blessed day!

Jennie said...

Looks great Winona! Keep us posted on those sweet potatoes. Jennie

Kristie said...

I love growing those sweet potato vines! I had one for a LONG time! Love your wallets, they are very nice!
Kristie

Fruit of her hands said...

Winona~ You haven't posted in a while. I am praying everything is okay. Hope to see you posting soon.
Blessings,Joann

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