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Stand Back… I Don’t Know How Big They Are Gonna Get!

July 3, 2012

Back in mid-May, I planted four tiny Sweet Potato plants in each of the deck planters that gave us tons of Spinach, Lettuce, Kale and Swiss Chard this spring.  (Click here to see pictures of that crop of veggies.)  Based on the amount of daily growth we are getting, our Sweet Potato Vines will be knocking on our back door by August.  Stay tuned to see what kind of harvest we will get later this summer.

Our Sweet Potato Vines are getting off to a good start on June 8 about two weeks after planting

On July 2, about 6 weeks after planting, our Sweet Potato Vines are growing like crazy

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  1. wayne permalink

    i am new to this site. I don’t know if this is the right place to place this comment, but I am going to give it a try.

    we have a problem with window boxes and other containers this year we have never had before.

    we have used Scotts Potting mixes, of various sorts, for as many years as i can remember.

    we have a problem this year we have never encountered before.

    very simply put. we have a problem of drainage.

    after filling our window boxes, (24″ long x 8″ deep x 6″ deep) with Scotts Potting Soil, we scoop out space for nursery grown petunia plants, place four plants in front row and 3 plants in back row, water the plants in gently with tap water, until the soil is saturated, and let the boxes drain in the shade overnight, and depending on weather and temperature, keep them in the shade for a day or two, and then then place them in our south-facing windows.

    we have done this at this locationfor 18 years.

    This year, for some reason our soil does not drain properly.

    After watering in the plants, the water seems to just sit there like a gel, slowly draining out after standing for as long as 12 or more hours. Basically the soil just does not seem to drain like it has in the past.

    Our petunias did well in early May, but began wilting and dying in early June.
    We are in the St. Louis Missouri area, and have had unusually hot dry conditions, but we have never had a problem with the window boxes actually dying.

    We have always kept the boxes well watered, and never had a problem. This year they appear to dry on top, but not on the bottom. I am wondering if the water in the bottom just gets stagnant and anaerobic, and the plant roots begin to rot.

    Has anyone else had a similar problem this year that they have not had in the past with the Scotts ‘MIRACLE GROW POTTING SOIL, FEEDS PLANTS UP TO 6 MONTHS, WITH MIRACLE-GRO CONTINUOUS RELEASE PLANT FOOD WITH MICROMAX, 2X, 2 CU FT.’

    Thanks for any comments

    • Hi Wayne
      As a fellow gardener, I am sorry to hear of your window box problems this year. I have used the potting soil you used this year on some of our indoor plants. I used to use it for outdoor plants as well, however I have a new favorite. For outdoor containers, hanging baskets and window boxes I prefer Miracle Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix in the blue/green bag. I have had great success with this soil. If you would like to speak with our Consumer Helpline Folks about any concerns you have with one of our products, or any product questions, they can be reached by calling: 1-800-543-8873.

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