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Post  rebweaver on 10/22/2019, 8:38 am

We are new to gardening and have cleaned up our gardens, put pots away and are ready for winter.  Any suggestions on gardening in this midwest climate?  One of our problems is too many trees so we don't get enough consistent sunlight.  That is why we resorted to pots on the deck.

Also, we planted sweet potato vine (chartreuse leaves) with purple petunias and discovered tubers when we cleaned out the planters.  Are these good to eat???

Thanks for any suggestions you may have.

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Post  OhioGardener on 10/22/2019, 9:06 am

A warm welcome from Ohio, Rebweaver!  Last question first, yes the sweet potato tubers are good to eat. You grow sweet potatoes by planting slips from a tuber, and those slips develop the tubers.

Gardening in the Midwest climate is fairly easy due to the long summer days with relatively mild weather, but if your gardening area is shady it becomes difficult to grow most vegetables.  Do you have an area where there is less shade that you can place raised beds, or can a couple trees be removed to provide at least 6 to 8 hours of full sun?

Be sure to check out the Northern & Central Midwest forum, there is a wealth of info there.


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Post  countrynaturals on 10/22/2019, 9:57 am

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 10/22/2019, 5:09 pm

Hi Rebweaver! Welcome from Atlanta, GA... Glad you've joined us!

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Post  Yardslave on 10/22/2019, 5:42 pm

Greetings from Carmel Valley, California, Rebweaver. Lots veggies can be grown in large pots. All you need to be sure of is if the variety you like is bred for growing in pots. Potted plants are bred for shallow root systems. Just look through the seed catalogs and search for the shade loving, pot suitable plant you want. As for your tree problems, nothing beats a good chainsaw when it comes to too much shade; Just thin them to increase the light.

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Post  sanderson on 10/24/2019, 5:30 am

Rebweaver, Welcome to the Forum from Fresno, CA! glad you\'re here

When I first started SFG with wood beds, I had to place smaller beds here and there in the back yard where they would have sun. In the larger flower beds, on the open back patio, in the lawn area, etc. with large pots and 5-gallon buckets filling in the smaller areas. We had to prune our eastern tree every year until we finally got rid of it.


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