Thursday, January 7, 2010

Starting Sweet Potatoes

Yesterday I mentioned that I had started my sweet potatoes. Here is
how I am doing them: First I cut some sweet potatoes in half making
sure each piece is at least 2-3 inches long. I placed them, cut side
down, in a container. Add water about an inch or so deep once all
potatoes are in the container. I use a 9x13 size plastic container for
this. The container is put in a warm sunny spot. Sprouts will grow.
When the sprouts are abt 6 inches long you carefully take them off.
Place the sprouts in water to grow roots. In spring, these are planted
in mounds or raised rows to allow lots of good drainage. Harvest the
sweet potatoes just before frost and allow to dry/cure in a cool dry
area before storing to prevent spoilage.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New Technology

YIKES! I am being drug kickin' and screamin' into using technology more. I rarely am able to go to a library to use the computer, so in order to be able to post to the blog more often, I have set it up to be able to update it through text messages from my cell phone. I now have the email address also so I can email from my phone posts. My hope is that this will make it easier for me to send updates more often.

We are doing well. The cold weather has been a challenge, but we are doing good. Abigail is preschooling at home. She asks me most days if she can "do school" with me. She is currently learning to write her letters and numbers. Micah is making great progress. In September, he could only do baby-babbling and was not saying words. Working on his speech daily, he is now able to say about 7 words. He is still having to learn to make connections between some of the words and their meaning, but the progress is being made. He is also looking at people in the eyes and maintaining eye contact.

I started my sweet potatoes soaking in water to grow the slips for spring planting. I am looking forward to getting the garden going. It will be nice to go out to the garden to gather salad greens and such for our meals.