This past weekend was absolutely gorgeous. Friday through Sunday, clear, dry, sunny. Warm. Breezy. Perfect. The coming week will be cool, cloudy and drippy. So I've been hustling around making sure everything that you would want to do when it is dry is done. Soil sifted and stored. Containers cleaned, dried and put away. Row covers folded and put in bins.
I dumped all of my potato grow bags, stored the soil and packed up the bags. I knew from watching the internet not to set my sights too high for this year's harvest. I have plenty of potatoes but they are all small. That's not necessarily a bad thing but makes the yield very low.
What I was looking forward to is the Sweet Potatoes. The vines were huge and thriving. They went through the fence, put rootlets down into the gravel and still demanded daily watering. And I was careful to listen to them and give them what they wanted. I was still afraid I had all vine and no tuber.
Here is a Joe Gardener video about harvesting, curing and storing sweet potatoes.
And an article on freezing them to store.
This bed got all of the tomato soil and some of the potato soil because both of these were topped with shredded leaves which made a nice combination. Next year my Dahlias will be planted here but I also planted some of the smallest potatoes to see if can get an early crop in the spring. Because I only grew in bags there would be no missed spuds to sprout as volunteers. So I volunteered them.
My meager lettuce crop. Better than nothing!
Brussells Sprouts. I've removed the insect netting and put that away. They can't do much damage at this point. The sprouts really haven't done much despite being watered every other day. I'm hoping some cooler wet weather will stimulate some growth.
The Nasturtiums are at their peak and the bees and even hummingbirds are loving them.
And finally the Clematis Vine which I cut back to the ground in early August has outdone itself in the second blooming. The variety is Rebecca and it always has a few blooms late into the season but nothing like this. The other side has just as many blooms.