Growing Sweet Potato Shoots

We make plans when we garden and then there’s those things that just happen and you add them to the plans you made.There’s this large stockpot that my mom gave me.This pot is large enough to feed an army, type stockpot.I use it in the kitchen to hold my potatoes and as of late I’m using it to store the rest of our sweet potato harvest from last year.

While in the kitchen the other day, I looked down in the pot and saw an itty bitty leaf sticking out.You’d thought I found hidden treasure.

After seeing the leaves I called my husband to tell him what I found.This lead us to do some research on how we can create our own sweet potato plants.Every year my husband goes on a search to find sweet potato plants and it’s a quest because most of the garden nurserys don’t get them in stock until late spring or early summer.

We also have a 4×16 raised gardening bed to grow our sweet potatoes in.

Which means we have to plant a maximum of atleast 30 something sweet potato plants to fill this baby up.Purchasing the plants aren’t overly expensive, but what’s better than growing your own sweet potato plants from the previous season’s harvest?

Nothing gets better than that.

 

Some of our harvest from last year and this is just a portion of it.

After researching we found out that we need to get the sweet potatoes to make shoots by either placing them in water or cutting off the part of the potato that’s sprouting, place them in dirt and allow the roots to grow.

So, that’s what we did.Next, we just add a little more dirt, but not to cover them fully.

Follow up buy watering it.

And since we’re doing the winter sowing method we added tape to close the milk jug so we can take them outside and place them in our raised beds under our hoop houses.

Yeah, out here in this snow is where we have our plants growing under the hoop houses. Thank God for micr-climating.

This is crazy Chicago weather and here are some crazy Chicago gardeners.

Ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

Stay tuned for an update on how our sweet potato shoots come out.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Clean Chandelier Hack

Have you ever turned on the light in your room and everything appeared dim?My first thought is to check to see if anything is wrong with lightbulbs and to my surprise I see all of the build up that has began to accrue on the chandelier crystal drops.

Now, this is a task I avoid at all cost, cleaning the crystal drops.Although cleaning light fixtures are on my cleaning list, it’s something I skip over or surface clean until it get’s notably icky.I’ll look up at the chandelier then, look away, up at the chandelier and then walk right off. lol

But one day… while in the kitchen I looked at the dishwasher and that BIG’ OLE light bulb went off in my head.

PUT THEM IN THE DISHWASHER!

YES!

But before I tossed them all in the dishwasher and experience a total ruin and have to purchase all new ones, I did a test run.I took 3 pieces and ran them through a cycle to see how they hold up.I place two in the utensil holder and one on the top rack.

To my amazement they came out Cleznene! (clean in my Snoop Dog voice)

I also plan on using this technique with my ceiling fixture light domes as well. Now, depending on which room of the house the chandelier drops or light fixture domes are located, you may have minimum to maximum build up.For instance, my light comes in the kitchen get maximum grease build up quickly because they’re in the kitchen and I cook A LOT.In this case you may not have the same results.

What to do?

Soak chandelier drops or lobes first, remove excess dirt or grease and then place them in the dishwasher.

Now, let’s clean the chandelier drops.

  1. Remove chandelier drops.
  2. Check for excess dirt or grease build up.
  3. Pretreat any area that has excessive build up with some dish soap and remove it with some elbow grease and a towel.
  4. Place in the dishwasher.I placed mine on the top rack because the heating coil to dry the dishes are under the bottom rack.
  5. When load is complete, remove and dry with a towel.
  6. Place them back on the chandelier or light fixture.

 

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Gardening Plans 2017 #GardenTalk

Let’s get our garden talk on!The weather here in the Chicagoland area has been amazing.We’re definitely aren’t out of the woods, but we certainly can’t complain.With the weather being so amazing this has giving us the opportunity to get some yard work done and begin making our garden plans for the year.

Check out the video below and let’s get our garden talk on!

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Show Some Love Collab

A couple weeks ago I participated in a Youtube Collaboration host by my Youtube sister Kim from Diva Designing on a Dime with Kimberly Davis . Kim asked us to share 3 things we love and our Valentine’s tablescape.
Watch this video to see my 3 loves and my Valentine’s tablescape.

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Pre-Spring Garden Clean-up

The Weather Outside is Delightful

The weather in Chicagoland is DELightful!!So we had a chance to get out and enjoy it by cleaning up the garden beds and I cleaned up some flower beds too.Thankfully I did do a little fall cleanup so, that made this pre-spring cleanup easier.Of course there’s still lots more work to get done, but getting ahead start gets us ahead of the game.

So Much Done
We’ve also got ahead start on our gardening plans as well.Checking our seed supply, making a list of things we’ll need to begin gardening this spring and setting our gardening goals.

It Took A Beating
Although we’ve had a wonderful winter our greenhouse took a beating.We’ve lost nearly all of the top window panels with the exception of two of the small window panels.We were hoping to find some sort of plexiglass to replace them, but the prices were astronomical.Since we purchased our greenhouse it has went down to almost half the price. We darn near can buy another just by replacing the windows from the manufacturer, but we have to replace them. Last year I added some chicken wire around the bottom of the greenhouse to reinforce the panels.Our wind here is high and I was chasing panels on windy days, but since I’ve added the wire we haven’t had any blowouts on the bottom panels.Once the top panels are replaced we’ll add the wire there too to keep them in place.

Has the weather been beautiful in your area and has it inspired you to begin preparing for gardening season?I know we’re not out of the woods, but having the preliminaries out of the way will make things a breeze.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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