(Twiddling My Thumbs…
February 17, 2013

and whistling a little.)  I’m trying to patiently wait for the weather to stay above the 30′s at night.  Wednesday and Thursday night it says it’s supposed to be 38 and 39 degrees and that’s a not so good temperature for my tomato seedlings so I will keep them safely indoors at night for a little while longer.  In the meantime I had my boys rip out my beautifully blooming and going to seed rapini plants, which got to be a little over 5 ft. tall.  There were hundreds of bees and a few butterflies that meandered through the beautiful yellow flowers over the past month.  I will definitely plant them again, mostly for their flowers.  Did you know that a small little bunch of rapini sells for $3.99 for a little bunch at Sprouts?  I was surprised.  Ha! and I let so many go to seed.

My next post will be about planting my tomatoes!!!!

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[ 14 Comments ] Posted on 02.17.13 under From My Garden



14 comments for (Twiddling My Thumbs…

  1. Farmer Darrell said:

    February 18, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Wow! Sounds like a high price for Rapini..perhaps I could find a spot for them in my garden this fall!

  2. Keith Jones said:

    February 19, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    You might be twittling a while, a friend of mine who makes his living growing things outside says that April 1st is the cut off date in PHX for a frost. I doubted him until we had a big storm a few years back that dumped a boatload of snow on the Superstitions and froze the valley. Of course, I’ll still plant in March. :)

  3. Staci said:

    February 24, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    And we just got the boatload of snow on the Superstitions a couple of days ago. I’m not sure I could keep myself from planting until April 1st, but it looks like it should be in the 80′s in a week. I think that’s when I’ll aim at planting, depending on the weather, of course.

  4. Keith Jones said:

    February 25, 2013 at 9:23 am

    when do you plant sweet potatoes? I’ve never tried them before but would like to. Where do you order from? I thought I had seen a post on the blog here, not sure if it was from Staci or Farmer Darrell…

  5. Jay said:

    February 26, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I love gardening in the desert – but I seperate my winter from my summer garden. I used to really be waiting for weather to change, but now I enjoy my winter crop while waiting to plant my summer plants. Tomatoes are so finiky in the desert.

  6. Staci said:

    March 06, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    This year I’m doing a slow morph and pulling up one thing out at a time and replacing it with tomatoes and peppers, squash, basil and whatever else I find in my seed pile. Slow is how I roll and it all seems to work out in the end. :) Plus, this year, just 2 1/2 weeks ago it was in the high 30′s at night, so I’ve been a little leary about rushing it. When do you plant tomatoes in Tucson?

  7. Farmer Darrell said:

    March 07, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I have a comment on the sweet potatoes. I have grown them every year for the past 18 years or so. You can plant them around April 1st. I get them from the store produce. I put toothpicks on each side and put them in jars of water about half way down. In a few days they will sprout. After they put out roots on the other end plant them in your garden. They love summer heat. As long as you give them adequate water they will grow until mid October. They take up a lot of space but they are beautiful plants. Sweet potatoes are frost sensitive and the first frost will kill them. If you get them out now, by September you can dig up lots of potatoes for your fall feasting. Good growing to you.

  8. Keith Jones said:

    March 07, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Thank you, Farmer Darrell! Do you bury the whole potato, half the potato, or just the part that roots? What kind of spacing do you give them? Sorry, I’m sure I could look up some stuff on line, but I’d rather get the info from somebody who has had good success here in the AZ heat. Thanks!

  9. Farmer Darrell said:

    March 07, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I just bury the whole potato up to the top sprouts. The potato will vine and every so often it will put down roots off of the vine and start a new potato. Space them about 3 feet apart. When you dig a hole for the potato, be sure to fill it up with water, so the roots don’t dry out. Arizona summers can be brutal. If you space out your planting you can harvest produce until August. By then it is time to re-ammend your soil for the fall planting in mid-September-October. Not to much will grow very well in July-August.
    After all it is a desert that we live in. But, with a little planning, you can grow lots of things. NOW IS THE TIME TO GET YOUR SPRING-SUMMER GARDEN PLANTED !! DON”T WAIT !!

  10. Keith Jones said:

    March 19, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Okay, I tried starting some sweet potatoes… but no roots or anything yet… some weird bubbling in the water though. I think they might be rotting.

  11. Keith Jones said:

    September 16, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Well, a few of my sweet potatoes worked and were planted back in April. They are going NUTS! They’ve taken over everything! I mean everything! Between the watermelon vines and the sweet potatoes, practically my whole garden is covered in vines. I love it. How do I know when to harvest the sweet potatoes though? I keep hearing people say that I should wait until the first frost. That seems REALLY late. Any input?

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