Saturday, May 6, I’ll be a guest on Joy & John in Your Garden, 8-10 am, KLO 1430 AM, Salt Lake City, Utah in case you want to listen in or call in with questions 1-866-627-1430. http://www.kloradio.com/2016/03/11/joy-in-your-garden/ For other upcoming events including classes http://gardeninspire.com/events/
Several more events have been added to my calendar including a class tomorrow night (April 12) in Bountiful, Utah, classes at Wheeler Farm, and classes at expos. Check my event calendar or event list for updates and information. There will be more events added in the future. If you know of an event I might be interested in or you would like to schedule me for your event please let me know.
Several classes have been scheduled so far this season with more to come. Herb walks will also be added to the schedule. Check frequently for scheduled additions.
The next class will be this coming Tuesday in Centerville, Utah.
Please check the calendar for information and to pre register for this and other classes.
If you would like to grow sweet potatoes starting your own is a great way to begin. Sometimes sweet potato starts can be difficult to find. Plus, you can choose a variety you already know you like.
- Purchase sweet potatoes from the grocery store or natural foods store. If you see vegetables called “yams” they are sweet potatoes although they may be a different color of sweet potato. Sweet potato colors include pale orange to dark purple. Since you will be eating part of the sweet potato you can see if it is a variety that you like.
- Cut off 2″ or more of the more pointed end of the sweet potato and let it sit and dry (heal) for a day or two. Eat the rest of the potato. Recipes (towards the bottom of the page)
- Place the cut sweet potato in water leaving the top inch above the water.
- Change the water daily keeping it at about the same level every time.
- Watch for roots to form. After the roots have begun growing sprouts will begin to appear towards the top. Continue to change the water daily and let the roots and sprouts grow.
- Once there are sprouts with a few leaves which have roots attached you will be able to gently separate each sprout from the sweet potato end which you originally cut. You should have more than one sprout.
- Plant sprout in a pot filled with potting soil – cover the roots. The pot should be about 2″ larger in diameter than the sprout.
- If the chance of a frost is past (about May 15 in my area) and the soil is warmed go ahead and plant directly outside or plant to a larger pot for growing as a potted plant. Sweet potatoes can be grown indoors or outdoors in a pot. The pot should be a minimum of 14″ in diameter.
- Roots can be harvested when 1 1/2 – 2″ in diameter.
- Sweet potatoes are not cold tolerant and can be damaged by temperatures below 50 F so watch weather reports after planting.
Tickets are available for my seed starting class.
Learn how to start seeds including a brief hands-on opportunity to start a few seeds in class. Starting your own seeds gives you the choice in what you are planting including hard to find varieties, when to plant them, and to know how they were grown. Starting your own seeds can also save you money.
Class is limited to 22 people.
Cost of class includes seed starting that you will take home with you.
To register: Tickets
For more upcoming classes – check frequently for updates.
Please fill out my survey about gardening classes. The survey is anoymous and only 7 questions so it won’t take long. Thank you!
As I create my schedule for upcoming gardening classes I would appreciate your input for subject matter, location, days of the week, and time of day.
Multiple answers to most questions are permitted and encouraged.
Each class lasts about 1 hour – possibly up to 1 1/2 hours.
Thank you for your time!
To see a schedule of classes available to the public once my classes are scheduled please check my website calendar.
There will be additions to the calendar as time passes so check for additions to the class schedule.
I received this 25 Acts of Kindness list from Aurora Golden-Appleton and she gave me permission to share it with you!
Garden Planning class
This Saturday, November 19, Ogden, Utah
What a great time of year to learn about garden planning! Prepare for next year before you are in the middle of the garden season and everything else going on in the spring and summer. Seed catalogs can be browsed over the winter – but don’t wait too long before deciding what you want to grow and where.
What will likely be the last two Wild Herb Walks of the year are scheduled.
Register for one or both!
Cache Valley, Saturday, October 8, 9 a.m. – noon Still have some openings. If there are not at least 10 attending this event will be canceled. (We’ll try again in the spring).
Salt Lake City area (East side), Saturday, October 15, 9 a.m. – noon.
Please only register if you are sure you will be able to attend. Attendance is limited to about 15 so that everyone can get the most out of it.
If not enough are registered the event will be canceled and any who registered will receive a full refund. Please feel free to share this information.
Once you register I will send you exact directions.
Anyone old enough to listen is welcome to attend.
$25/person and bring a friend for free.