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I've experimenting a bit this year and I just harvested my first ever crop of potatoes. I'm quite pleased with myself and with this year's garden in general. I actually have two gardens - long story, but they are both doing well and I am already thinking about what to plant in the fall.

Here are some photos I've already shared on Facebook:

A small harvest, but not bad for the first time out!

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It took a while, but it finally started to bloom!

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Early crop of cherry tomatoes.

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Peanut volunteer from the compost bin.

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Bud (finally!) on an agapanthus.

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My lovely calla.

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Mini roses and my beautiful begonia that bounced back from barely a stub after winter. It's now under attack by some kind of garden pest.

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Another volunteer from the compost.

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That's a really beautiful calla lily, Channel. I have the white one, is this calla lily just like the white one or is a different variety?
 
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Those potatoes look yummy. Your rose is so pretty and just looks so perky. It looks to be a camera hog. LOL Not shy at all.
 
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Your flowers are so beautiful. And the vine with the purple flowers,,, we call them May Pops here in the south and I have no idea why. But they are nice because they come back every spring. I love calla lillies and yours is so pretty. And the little red potatoes are so yummy looking. Have you have tried boiling new potatoes, the flattening them with your hand, putting them on an olive oil coated pan, then dirrizel some olive oil over them, season them with salt/pepper/garlic powder and baking them until they start to brown a little? yummy
 
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That's a really beautiful calla lily, Channel. I have the white one, is this calla lily just like the white one or is a different variety?

I'm not sure, @Trellum. I'll have to look at the container and see if there is a description or tag that explains the variety. I just fell in love with the beautiful purple color the moment I saw them - and they were on clearance for $5!

Those potatoes look yummy. Your rose is so pretty and just looks so perky. It looks to be a camera hog. LOL Not shy at all.

Thanks, @Shellyann36! That rose was touch and go for a while. I discovered there were 6 plants in the container when I repotted it so I put them in individual pots. Two died, and so far only two of the remaining ones have bloomed.
 
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Your flowers are so beautiful. And the vine with the purple flowers,,, we call them May Pops here in the south and I have no idea why. But they are nice because they come back every spring. I love calla lillies and yours is so pretty. And the little red potatoes are so yummy looking. Have you have tried boiling new potatoes, the flattening them with your hand, putting them on an olive oil coated pan, then dirrizel some olive oil over them, season them with salt/pepper/garlic powder and baking them until they start to brown a little? yummy

Thanks, @evelynmcgregor, what part of the south? I've always admired that passion vine and I'm delighted to finally have one of my own now. I've not tried the potatoes that way, but I love roasting potatoes in garlic and olive oil in the oven. They are so delicious and there's nothing like it!
 
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I'm not sure, @Trellum. I'll have to look at the container and see if there is a description or tag that explains the variety. I just fell in love with the beautiful purple color the moment I saw them - and they were on clearance for $5!



Thanks, @Shellyann36! That rose was touch and go for a while. I discovered there were 6 plants in the container when I repotted it so I put them in individual pots. Two died, and so far only two of the remaining ones have bloomed.

Woah, purple!? It looked black from here, but actually purple is my fav color! I'd definitely consider getting one of those, it would look so beautiful next to the white ones! So lucky you could find it for just $5!
 
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Woah, purple!? It looked black from here, but actually purple is my fav color! I'd definitely consider getting one of those, it would look so beautiful next to the white ones! So lucky you could find it for just $5!

Yes, the flowers start out this bright red-violet shade of purple and then get darker as the blooms age. I just couldn't resist when I saw it. I wish I had purchased two of them, but I am hoping that down the line I will be able to divide the plant so I can get more of those gorgeous blooms!
 

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Thanks, @zigs! I am thiking of bringing a few of the more delicate plants from garden #1 over to garden #2 where I can better keep an I on them in this heat. The milkweed and one of the daisies are quick to wilt even when you think they are getting enough water. Garden #2 gets more shade and indirect sun.
 
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Yes, the flowers start out this bright red-violet shade of purple and then get darker as the blooms age. I just couldn't resist when I saw it. I wish I had purchased two of them, but I am hoping that down the line I will be able to divide the plant so I can get more of those gorgeous blooms!

I'm sure you will, if this plant is like my Calla Lily, then you will surely be getting another little plant next to the biggest one very soon. I think mine produced an extra bulb a long ago, but I let it be, since I didn't want to divide them for any special reason.
 
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I'm sure you will, if this plant is like my Calla Lily, then you will surely be getting another little plant next to the biggest one very soon. I think mine produced an extra bulb a long ago, but I let it be, since I didn't want to divide them for any special reason.

Oooh! That would be very nice! I have it in the pot it came in so I guess I should be looking for a bigger container to give it more space to spread. Does your calla have any special requirements? I always thought they would be difficult to grow until I saw a bunch of them in front of a house in California.
 
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Yeah, they are very picky and stubborn when it comes to blooming! Mine didn't bloom for years until I let it rest outside during the winter :O Apart from that, no, they aren't that hard to grow :) I'm still not sure what to do this winter! If it is mild it will make it outside! We will see what happens! :s
 
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...I'm still not sure what to do this winter! If it is mild it will make it outside! We will see what happens! :s

How large of an area is it growing in? Maybe you can put up a cold frame around it to help protect it during winter. I lost a few plants to freezing temperatures even though they were in the green house so this time I am going to have to look into some kind of heat source to keep the temperature more moderate overnight.
 
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It's in a pot :) A big pot, so it's really heavy now! I think I'll just ask my parents to take care of it, simply put some plastic over it and hope for the best :) It's sad when we lose our plants to freezing, I lost a lot basil plants that way :( Best of luck with your plants, no idea how cold this winter will be! Might be very cold up in the north!!!
 
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That is part of the issue for me with gardening, @Trellum. Winter isn't the only threat to my plants, but so far it's been a quiet hurricane season. Because I technically have two gardens, if I am away from one for more than a couple days I could lose plants due to the heat or even to pests.
 
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That calla lily is beautiful. We got one for christmas in a group of two other plants, now it is growing and trying to take over the little pot the display was in. This lily is white. I was very surprised to see the shots coming up and could not remember what the plant was. I plan to move all of the little shots into a larger pot very soon.

Your plants look good, thanks for sharing.
 
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That is my problem, @Pat, lol. I am ALWAYS in need of moving a plant to a larger pot, which means I am ALWAYS in need of larger pots and more soil mix. Right now I have some basil that I accidentally sprouted in water - it's mindblowing since I have never been able to do it intentionally! I also have a passion vine I sprouted in water that looks to be ready for planting.
 
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That is part of the issue for me with gardening, @Trellum. Winter isn't the only threat to my plants, but so far it's been a quiet hurricane season. Because I technically have two gardens, if I am away from one for more than a couple days I could lose plants due to the heat or even to pests.

Oh really? Tat sounds like too much work! I'm guessing you have already spent some time away from one of them and lost some plants? I can imagine it can be hard to avoid, after all nowadays' busy life doesn't make it any easy! :( I hope you get some help from your boyfriend from time to time ;)
 
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...Tat sounds like too much work! I'm guessing you have already spent some time away from one of them and lost some plants?

Actually, Garden #2 has only been around for a few months. I've lost a few plants from that one, but mainly just stuff like marigolds that the snails or cutworms got to. I lost some zinnias that never quite bounced from a fungus. The zinnias were partly my fault - they were in a hanging pot I bought on sale and there were too many plants for their size. Also, I didn't realize the soil was too dry.
 

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