Sources for an organic garden

organic white sweet potato
@GardenGerty (99159)
United States
September 18, 2016 7:53pm CST
The ladies I garden with want all their seeds to be organic, and all their starter plants to be organic. From time to time we pay a bit for those things. Most of you know I am truly a bargain seeker. I often will buy things at my favorite grocers that are a little less than perfect, especially produce. This actually leads to me purchasing some organic vegetables. For instance, in my picture is an organic white sweet potato. It looks funny. I have put it in a vase to sprout. When I was very young our teachers would use a regular sweet potato, and grow it in a jar. Our classrooms were festooned with greenery from those vines. Sadly now many time the sweet potatoes we buy in the store have been chemically treated so they will not sprout. Ta da!!! Organic sweet potatoes have not been treated. This funny little potato showed me it was going to sprout. It has been three weeks now and I will include more pictures with my comments to responses. When you want sweet potatoes in your garden, you or the grower, takes "slips" from a sprouted sweet potato. Those slips grow roots and then they grow the sweet potato tuber. I plan to grow organic white sweet potatoes next year.
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@Jessicalynnt (47854)
• Centralia, Missouri
19 Sep 16
very nice! I hadnt realized they treated things so much they sometimes wont sprout, that cant be good for us
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@GardenGerty (99159)
• United States
20 Sep 16
I usually do not worry about it too much.But it is not really good for us I am sure.
@GardenGerty (99159)
• United States
20 Sep 16
A conventionally grown apple is sprayed sixteen times from pre bloom to harvest.
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• Centralia, Missouri
20 Sep 16
@GardenGerty that's.... gotta be really bad for a person, depending on what they are spraying. Some things might not be bad...this really makes me wanna learn to garden
@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Sep 16
It is almost magical the way things grow from slips and tiny seeds. Good luck with your sweet potatoes.
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@GardenGerty (99159)
• United States
19 Sep 16
vines on a sweet potato.
This is such an encouraging plant. It felt as if I could see it growing hour by hour. The next picture is at about ten days.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Sep 16
@GardenGerty That's amazing. Mostly only weeds grow that fast. :)
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@GardenGerty (99159)
• United States
19 Sep 16
@JudyEv I hear people telling me they do not like sweet potatoes, but I can enjoy them as plants and food. It is twice this big now. I just have not taken more pictures yet.
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@peavey (16588)
• United States
19 Sep 16
Cool! I try to buy and grow organic as much as I can, mainly because it hasn't been treated with anything and I can save seeds from year to year from many crops.
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@GardenGerty (99159)
• United States
19 Sep 16
It is the way food used to be.
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@peavey (16588)
• United States
21 Sep 16
@GardenGerty That's true. All food used to be "organic," before Big Business got hold of it.
• China
20 Sep 16
I wonder why they get those sweet potatoes chemically treated .Here we use its vine cuttings to grow it.I guess the cuttings namely your slips.
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@GardenGerty (99159)
• United States
21 Sep 16
There are people who do not want their potatoes to grow sprouts. I would have called slips cuttings as well but other garden sites called them slips. Starting our own plants is how our ancestors would have done it. Growing fruit trees from seeds is something else they would have done.
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@marsha32 (6693)
• United States
19 Sep 16
Those over winter onions you gave me seemed to have been taken down by all the weeds this year. Even the wild garlic didn't survive. Not that I really knew how to use either one though.
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@GardenGerty (99159)
• United States
19 Sep 16
You can plant garlic now just from the ones at the store. We will have to see about the winter onions.
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@Mike197602 (13456)
• Worcester, England
19 Sep 16
I misread your title and the picture took me further along the same route I never grow anything but am thinking of buying a cactus for company in my flat
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@GardenGerty (99159)
• United States
19 Sep 16
There are many cactus and succulents that do well as companions.
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@jaboUK (53919)
• United Kingdom
19 Sep 16
If I leave my ordinary potatoes in the cupboard too long, they start to sprout, but when that happens I just throw them away. I've just seen your second photo - that's some growth in just 10 days.
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@GardenGerty (99159)
• United States
19 Sep 16
It is about twice that big now. I am really enjoying it.
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@LadyDuck (156889)
• Switzerland
19 Sep 16
We do not have sweet potatoes here, but our potatoes are not treated. If I forget them in the basket for several weeks I have to plant them because they have all sprouted.
@GardenGerty (99159)
• United States
19 Sep 16
Our regular potatoes are not treated and I have had them grow in my compost.
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@LadyDuck (156889)
• Switzerland
20 Sep 16
@GardenGerty What grows better in my compost are the pumpkins.
@RubyHawk (25024)
• Atlanta, Georgia
19 Sep 16
I love sweet potato vines, Yours will make beautiful vines. Have you ever grown a pineapple plant from a pineapple? They also make a beautiful plant.
@GardenGerty (99159)
• United States
19 Sep 16
I have started them, and avocado seeds in the past. I would like to do so again when I am better set up.
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@RubyHawk (25024)
• Atlanta, Georgia
19 Sep 16
@GardenGerty I have avocado plants on my deck right now.
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