But underneath all these vines, the sweet potatoes were growing.
|Sweet potato vines|
And yes, the sweet potato vines were blooming! I had begun to wonder if these weren't wild morning glories invading my bed, but upon closer inspection, I realized that yes, these blooms were from the sweet potatoes.
It was fun digging under the soil to see what was there. Some of the sweet potatoes were small, while some were huge!
It doesn't look like it, but I got four grocery store bags full of sweet potatoes. I'm in the process of curing them now, then I will have to find a cool spot to store them. It's not easy in Texas to find a place cool enough to store them for the winter, as I don't have a root cellar or basement, so I may end up canning them. I am definitely going to give growing sweet potatoes a try next year! It was like digging for buried treasure. :)
But that's not all that I harvested from the vegetable garden in October. I also harvested jalapeno peppers. Over 400 jalapeno peppers! Yes, four hundred!!! No one needs four hundred jalapenos!
|400 jalapenos from two plants!|
I had been ignoring these two jalapeno pepper plants all summer. I just wanted a few, and I gave some away, but for most of the summer I've been ignoring them. I thought if I was patient enough, they would just quit producing. Instead, all summer they have been making jalapenos, drying up, dropping off, then making more. They became the plants that wouldn't quit!
Finally, I decided to pull up these plants so I could plant something different in their place. I did feel a little guilty about pulling them up while they were doing so well. I couldn't believe that so many jalapeno peppers were on two bushes that had been ignored all summer! I decided to roast and freeze the 400 jalapeno peppers I got off the plants, instead of canning them, thanks to a post from The Blonde Gardener.
|Baby Brussels sprouts!|
The fall garden is now planted. Mostly lettuces, but I'm also trying out Brussels sprouts (I love those!), and some green peas. We'll see how successful I'll be in a few months!
I'm joining The Gardening Blog for Garden Bloggers Harvest Day.