|Cody Thompson talking sweet potatoes|
|A captive audience|
|Cody and his sweet potato slips|
|Director, Wayne Riley and participants at sweet potato workshop|
|The red sweet potatoes slips he has started have pointed leaves while the white ones have rounded.|
|Michelle Cornett looking over the nearly empty box of sweet potato slips|
|My sweet potato slips planted and mulched with paper.|
During class, Cody told us to plant the slips in a hills and mulch with straw. Here is my version, to mulch with paper. The sweet potato plants are doing very well.
BALE GARDENING EXPERIMENT
|Straw bale gardening experiment|
I and another Master Gardener, in cooperation with the Laurel County Extension Office are experimenting with bale gardening. We are growing four cucumber plants, six tomato plants and three pepper plants in bales of straw.
You can use new or old straw bales, but if you use new ones, there is a ten day preparation phase. You can watch my series of videos on this and keep updated by going to my Youtube channel, The Prepared Household.
JELLY AND JAM PREPARATION CLASS
Tina Blessett of Blessett's Jams & Jellies taught us how to make strawberry jam by pressure canning. Tina says that the jam is better preserved by pressure canning. For photos of the fun workshop we had, please check out the Laurel County African American Heritage Center, Community Garden Project Facebook page here.
Happy Gardening ~ Melanie