Monthly Archives: January 2018

Single Digit Temps Did Severe Damage to My Aloes

Aloes produce many pups during a good growing season.  Last summer I re-potted dozens of pups into larger clay pots.  I like to put pea gravel on top of the sandy potting soil. I had about two dozen good sized baby aloes that I planted in clay pots ranging from 6" to 10".  I put them in the greenhouse before the first frost, back in October.  We had a second polar blast a week ago.  The first blast gave us 20 degree nights.  My aloes made it thru the nights with just a coal oil lamp burning Read more [...]

Re-Growing Celery from its Base

Ok, for funsies I decided to try to re-sprout/re-grow celery cores, just to see what would happen. Here in east Texas, celery will not grow properly.  We just don't have a long enough time of cold weather.  It can be below or at freezing for a few days, but before the week is out it can be back into the 60s.  This fluctuation just wont do for trying to grow celery from seed. I left more of the baby stalks at the center core than others do.  The one on the left is a half week older than Read more [...]

Sweet Potatoes Didn’t Do That Well This Year

Last year I planted a few sweet potato slips for funsies. Some store bought sweet potatoes had sprouted and I decided to root and grow the sprouts. The result was impressive, to me. I found that each slip grew 3 large (about a pound each) potatoes. They were good and actually tasted better than the store bought ones.  This picture shows a small part of the harvest.  These potatoes are nice, rounded and large.  The meat was rich orange. With a big, easy harvest in mind, this year I planned Read more [...]

Turmeric Is Interesting To Grow – Try Some

I am always looking for something new and interesting to grow, so I got some from the grocery store.  I bought several plump chunks and started several plants. This is my first season to grow grocery store turmeric.  This is my best plant - I'm pretty impressed with the results.  I made a mistake though, this pot is about 12" high and almost 12" across.  I think it might be too small.  Next spring I am going to use larger pots and plant more.  A pot should be at least 12" deep and 12 Read more [...]