August Rains Bless Our Backyard Garden

We had a nice gentle rain a couple nights ago, and more rain is promised tonight. We’ve really needed it because we’ve been in drought for the past few months. I’ve watered our box gardens faithfully, but the plants clearly prefer the rain. The sweet potato foliage is much more luxuriant than it was before the rain. The vines are growing so fast they will soon be spilling out of the garden boxes. Sweet potato greens are supposed to be very nutritious, even better than spinach in some ways, and they are said to be very tasty. We’ll find out, as this will be a great way to take care of excess greens!

Our fig tree is continuing to produce many new green figs, but we’re in a bit of a lull right now between crops. Mr Squirrel lost his fear of our patrolling owls, so I got a new deterrent. Will a snake in the fig tree will discourage him? We’ll find out!

Our potted hibiscus has been a bit retarded this year, but it outdid itself yesterday with five beautiful blooms. Our purple-hull peas continue to produce nicely. We enjoyed a batch for supper. It’s wonderful what blessings a good rain will bring!

Sweet Potato Vines


“Purple-hull” Peas

Five-Bloom Hibiscus




  1. Do you make sweet potato bread from your home-grown sweet potatoes? I have
    Been trying to fin sweet potato bread. No go at H.E.B., and Panera. I was at the Farmer’s Market in New Braunfels Saturday and a man there said his mother could make it. I have read that sweet potato brad is good for you, particularly in aiding sleep, and, that it tastes goo as well.

    • I’ve never tried sweet potato bread and don’t have any recipes. I looked for recipes online just now and found quite a few. The problem with most of them is that they’re loaded with sugar, oil, and white flour in addition to the sweet potato mash. However, I found one that had good substitutes for most of those problem ingredients, and it actually looks temptingly healthy. Might be worth trying! Please let me know if you do. Thanks for the idea!
      Here is the link:

  2. Hurray for August rains! It all looks and sounds productive.

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