This summer, Russell and I planted six sweet potato plants that were about eight inches high. We installed white latices on either side of one of our front windows (instead of shutters), and we hoped that maybe by the end of summer the vines from the sweet potato plants would reach the middle of the lattice.
In about 4 weeks, the vines had grown all the way up to the roof line and were spilling over our stone border around the garden! Nuts! It was so pretty and so lush, I couldn't believe the luck we had with plants--FINALLY!
Well, we had our first freeze a few nights ago, so all of the pretty green leaves were withered and yuck. Today when I got home from work, I rolled up my sleeves and cut them all down. Here is the massive mess that was left.
As I was cutting and pulling the vines out of the garden, I found a few treasures...
I'm a farmer! I grew three sweet potatoes! Granted, one is much larger than his brothers, but, hey, I grew these!!! And I don't grow things well!
So, besides now being a natural farmer, I also found another use for the gorgeous green leaves from this plant over the summer. I love having fresh flowers in the house, but those can get pricey after a few times of replacing them. Thus, I would cut off sections of leaves from the potato vines and place them in funky vases around the house to add a splash of bright color. As the decorators on EVERY single HGTV show say, "You need to bring the outside in!"
I just love the charteuse color and how it gives a bright pop of color around the house. Free foliage! And those clippings have been out for about a month--they never die! Perfect.
However, now that my front yard is bare and ugly, here is my project for tomorrow.
We're going to plant some evergreen trees so they'll be pretty all four seasons, and we got some yellow pansies and yellow mums. Very fallish. Very yellow.
Thus ends my journey through taking a recent detour in my career (becoming a farmer), and hopefully my fall/winter planting endeavors will be as successful as the previous ones!