Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sweet Potato Know-How

After talking sweet potatoes with one of my gardening girlfriends this evening (Linna over at Linna's Garden Journal) I decided to try and nail down my technique for this upcoming gardening season.  It of coarse helps that we had some baked sweet potatoes for dinner tonight, but they weren't my own.  These were farmstand potatoes and were quite large and delicious.  I want large and delicious tubers out of my garden this year.  And the photo?  While looking for a an actual potato picture I came across this this little "sweet tot" and had to put him in instead.  I can't believe how quickly they grow, these children.

Alright, now back to the vines.....the article linked by the title above is written by a Canadian maritime gardener and I found it to be just what I needed.  Simplified.   No-nonsense.  I have been debating over raised rows or containers for the Georgia Jets.  After reading this article and talking with my friend I think I will fill one of the new raised beds using the lasagna gardening method as Linna suggested, along with raised rows composed of light soil for planting the slips in.  Why not combine multiple techniques, right?

5 comments:

Ruralrose said...

I love them too am a little apprehensive to put that much work into a vegetable with a questionable return here, so will be following your exploits carefully this year. He is a cutie! Peace

Ms B. Thrift said...

Good luck with your sweet potatoes, i think i'd like to give them a whirl this year too, nothing nicer than a baked sweet potato with a large dollop of cream cheese mmmmmm and a sprinkling of black pepper of course!

Erin said...

Can't wait to see them this year! I don't care for them much but hubby LOVES them. He won't be here this year due to a deployment so I will be able to put the sweet potatoes off until next year and learn from you!

Kelly said...

Yes. This will be my second year, and I know the rule of thumb is try something for 2 or 3 years before deciding it doesn't work well. Last year's harvest was so puny, but boy did they taste good! Hoping for much better weather and results here in 2010, so stay tuned. :)

Thomas said...

I decided to skip sweet potatoes this year. I think I have enough on my plate to keep me busy. I will however be following your crop closely! I'm sure it's not an easy veggie to grow in our climate.