Prophylactic self-isolation for Nature-in-garden observation. Day 96th.

Two sweet potato tubers have decided to continue growth

One more day of excitement, because two sweet potato tubers have decided to continue growth. In the previous post, on May 4, 2020, I have messaged that the first tiny root buds were visible on two tubers. Today, I am happy to tell you, rebirth of the sweet potato is continued!

Up to now, the tubers of two sweet potatoes are already 60 days in water on the windowsill !

Sweet potato in rebirth, June 14, 2020. Photos by Dr. A. Palatronis on

Seems like a fairy underwater kingdom, isn’t it?:)

Starting from May 4th, when I noticed first roots, I was making visual observations time to time, looking for the changes.

I continue to REALLY left them feel free and calm and do not look after it. No tuning of a jar here and there, no touching the tubers – respect their space!

What have changed since May 4:

  • White spots appeared here and there and covered mostly half of the tuber surface
  • Root system improved, instead of one white thin root – many new roots have appeared, most of them come from the main long primal root
  • sprouts with leaves are coming both in the areas covered with water, and those with an air contact
  • Sprouts in water are green and lightly purple, while those with air contact are dark purple
  • Sprouts are coming in any place but all of them take place from white spots
  • There are two tubers: one has already shown sprouts and improved root system, while another has only improved root system – no sprout are visible yet.

About water for the growth

  • I noticed, after 1 month from the beginning, water was needed to change: I change it very gently, just poured out some water and refilled with a fresh portion slowly, letting water to run along the jar walls. P.S. Water in the jars covers 3/4 of the tubers size
  • Within the period May 4 – June 14, I have changed water three times only

In the first post about sweet potato rebirth it was described:

  • How the first thready root of sweet potato came out
  • Water for soaking the tubes
  • Appropriate attitude to the plants while they are in “dreaming” condition
First root of sweet potato, May 4, 2020. Photo by Dr. A. Palatronis on

And I would repeat here again: “Do nothing, just let them stay alone, in peace and comfort, without any kind of “showing love and care”

Let them stay calmly and peacefully on a windowsill. May 4, 2020. Photo by Dr. A. Palatronis on

Lets see how they would feel later!:)

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Prophylactic self-isolation for lemon trees acclimation. Day 55th.

undefined I believe many of us are the gardeners, whose experience and observations are of golden weight. Yesterday, I sent a photo of a ladybird to a friend of mine. The ladybird was busy on the lemon tree which I am growing at home.

And the discussion has started. It appears my friend is already a home-expert in growing lemon treesJ What a coincidence! Just at the moment my lemon trees, the 1-year old young generation, were recovering from the cold winter on my windowsill…

My short lemon story (The long lemon story is coming in days:))

One-year old lemon trees were sprouted from the seeds at home. They grew strong, green and healthy all last summer and autumn.

In the middle of winter I stated to notice, some leaves were going yellowish, some white spiderwebs were visible here and there, later, the leaves started to fall down from some branches, the young trees obviously slowed down in growth in winter time.

This spring, I apologized to them for the cold winter, put them in another place close to the large window and bought a special lemon fertilizer (I use my own homemade Bokashi fertilizer for a year, but here was an emergency, I wanted to save my plants). I had around 50 young lemon trees, I shared them with my friends, fellows, and neighbors, but still have a lot. I shared those trees which were the healthiest and strong looking, because I understood, my mission in this project is to save those who need my help (hope to succeed in itJ).

The knowledge I l’earned from the friend of mine:

Lemon trees are loved by every creature in a garden, every creature likes and wants to chew and crunch it: butterflies, spiders, even mice and cats.

undefined Lemons should be fertilized regularly: compost, home-made or commercial fertilizer for lemons should be given. Worth to remember, if the soil was enriched with compost at the beginning – plants do take the “food” from it and after some time all the enrichment of soil is gone. I guess now, home-made compost in soil composition is valid for half a year, probably no longer

undefined Lemons love sun, but not scorching direct sun. Keep it warm

undefined White spots could appear on the leaves because of overwatering.

undefined The soil. The soil should be not only black earth or humus, the soil for lemons should be mixed with sand and compost. It could not be only black earth, it will be (and it is from my own observation) too rich and too much for lemon roots. It appears, they could grow even in sand, without the black soilJ

undefined Lemon trees should be feed with fertilizers regularly

undefined Use banana-water fertilizer (simple and effective): put a shell of banana in water and banana-water will be ready next morning.

undefined Good to mix the soil with dry fallen leaves of the same lemon tree, time to time

undefined If you really see a big trouble is taking place with your lemon tree – emergent reanimation is needed. Gently pull lemon tree out of pot, check the root – is it ok? Brush and wash pot thoroughly with water (only water) and change the soil (compost + sand + black soil). If you see the root is ok, not eaten by something and yet not rotten because of over-love (overwatering) – than plant the tree back to refreshed pot with a refreshed soil mixture.

undefined In those regions, where the climate is not too hot and parching – be very moderate in watering, do not overwater.

undefined If your lemon tree is growing in a pot – 1 hour after watering check the underneath plate and pour out water from it – the roots should not stand in water for hours, days and/or months.

undefined Young lemon trees, under 1 year old, like to grow together in one pot, feeling connection with their brothers and sisters and being close. Only when the stem is strong and with a bunch of leaves – you can place them into separate pots (this step in growing lemon trees I made completely right and properly!:)).

The most important is that inner power, because the stems of all young lemon trees are firm and strong, these lemons are the Power!

Photos by Dr. A. Palatronis on

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Prophylactic self-isolation for garden preparation. Day 12th.

Today I squeezed a cabbage/carrot/cranberry juice (diluted with water 1:1),

Pulp and juice

and the pulp, along with other veggie/fruits peels, is going for the first portion of a compost!

Starting to make Bokashi compost, 2020 03 24

Last year, in 2019, I started my new project on fertilizing the plants with exclusively natural fertilizer by using Bokashi system. I stopped it for a winter season and now it is just a time to renew a successful activity. Those friends of mine who added Bokashi brew for routine watering of their plants were just amazed by the results!

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