I love growing sweet potatoes in my garden. This year, in the middle of April, I planted three kinds; purple sweet potatoes (purple on the inside and outside), Covington sweet potatoes (which are the regular orange ones), and Hawaiian sweet potatoes (white on the outside, purple on the inside). A few days ago we harvested our sweet potatoes.
Last year, I planted sweet potatoes in one of my garden beds. The potatoes loved it, the vine crawled everywhere and very fast covered the whole bed. I liked it a bit less since my garden is very small, and I couldn’t use the bed to grow anything else the whole Summer.
So this year, I tried to grow the purple potatoes and the Hawaiians in containers, and I made another bed especially for the Covingtons. The problem with the new bed was that I couldn’t find time to fence it. The rabbits kept coming back to nibble on the leaves and the plant just couldn’t keep up. Anyway, we got to harvest a few Covingtons from that bed, but the more exciting part was the containers.
The digging was so much fun. The kids loved it. In one container, I planted slips of purple potatoes. I originally found those in the farmer’s market and started slips from them which I then planted in the garden.
We also got a few English potatoes. This is kind of cool; the story is that I planted regular potatoes in this container in the middle of March. They were a bit rotten, so I wasn’t surprised when they didn’t germinate. In the middle of April, I added soil to the container and planted the sweet potato slips. Suddenly, in the middle of the Summer an English potato plant emerged in between the vines of the sweet potatoes. I couldn’t dig it out because I didn’t want to disturb the sweet potatoes, so I just left it there. We didn’t get many English potatoes, but we got some. Now I wonder if maybe I should try growing English potatoes in the Summer and if maybe I should double plant. I think I might be up to something here 😉
We dumped the other container on the nylon. In this one, I planted Hawaiian purples that I got from one of my dear readers. This is the first year I grow those, and I am dying to try them. Those supposed to be even sweeter than the orange potatoes. I don’t know if to say that we were successful in growing those. We found this gigantic potato, which was awesome. The problem was that it took all the room in the bin, so we harvested a few other much smaller potatoes but not much.
Just like this one and placed them in jars of water inside the house. I did this to all three kinds of potatoes. Within a day, the slips started growing roots. I hope they will grow all Winter long indoors so I will be able to cut each long vine into few shorter slips. Maybe next year I will be able to plant a field of Sweet potatoes on our land, and I won’t need to reduce myself into singing ridicules songs to my non-sprouting sweet potatoes 🙂
Do you grow sweet potatoes in your garden/farm? What variety is your favorite? Do you grow them in containers or the ground?
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