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Comment by Muriel Fish on April 11, 2012 at 5:51pm  If you go to this link, you can see the silly walk.  It's the first one.  With 2" of mud on the bottom and the strap disconnected, I had to fling the flip flop out in front then try to step on it to avoid having to walk barefooted in the mud.  Yes, Buffet did come to mind. 

Comment by Glenda Truscott z8 on April 11, 2012 at 5:48pm

I had to go back four pages to catch up on your conversation about sweet potatoes.  Bob, you are so full of information.  I had a sweet potato sprout last fall so I put it in a glass of water and the two vines grew to about six inches but roots never formed on the potato so I tossed it.  When you said you took the "slips" and planted them made me corious.  Can you expound on the process a bit?  Thanks

Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on April 11, 2012 at 5:09pm

... Muriel, what a vision!

I went straight to "... blew out my flip flop,
Stepped on a pop top,
Cut my heel, had to cruise on back home...."

Thank goodness for the Monty Python crew and Jimmy Buffet.

Comment by Muriel Fish on April 11, 2012 at 3:41pm

Rain storms today.  Great day to go out and pick snails.  Got me about a hundred this morning. Tried to claw up weeds between squalls.  Ended up with so much mud on the bottom of my flip flops it pulled the toe anchor out.  I was way out back, so I ended up doing a version of Monty Python's "Ministry of Silly Walks" to get back to the house.  

Comment by Vicky Myers on April 11, 2012 at 2:49pm

Pic of garden today.

Comment by Muriel Fish on April 9, 2012 at 9:56am

If they are organically grown they will not be sprayed with a sprout inhibitor.  I took Trader Joes organic potatoes and planted them, and I got a great crop of thin skinned potatoes.  

Comment by Vicky Myers on April 8, 2012 at 6:31pm
I've read about marigolds excrete a substance that helps. For cukes they say sugar water foliar spray. Beneficial nematodes. Tried any of those?
Comment by Catherine Cronin (Ireland) on April 8, 2012 at 4:32pm

Oh wow Bob....That's exactly what I needed to see :)

I think I can manage those temps during the summer in my tunnel...going to buy a bag of sweets asap!

Thanks a million for your help and advise and patience :)

Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on April 8, 2012 at 4:22pm

Vicky ... don't get me started on nematodes as I can bore you to death in minutes but I'll stop with "...the resistance reported for most varieties is not sufficient to enable the grower to ignore the other steps in nematode management. "Resistance" usually provides only partial protection against the species to which the variety is "resistant" and none at all against other kinds of nematodes."  Long way of saying that not all resistant varieties are resistant to local have to match them up by type and variety and that's not a very exact science at times. 

Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on April 8, 2012 at 4:13pm

Here's a pretty good picture Catherine.  Check your soil temp before planting and see it you can manage 55F or higher.  They are very heat tolerant once established.  Google: "sweet potatoes growing" and click "images" for more pics.


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