Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Final Sweet Potato Harvest

We have had some rain, so I decided I better get into the sweet potatoes before we get any more.  Oh boy, did I find some monsters in there!!  These three were the biggest, coming in at 6 pounds:


A little frightening aren't they?

The majority were super-market sized, with a good lot of babies in there as well.  I stacked them in this bag from largest to smallest, so the tiny tubers are seen on top of the stack.  
The bag weighed in at over 10 lbs.


All together I harvested over 23 pounds of sweets.  I am so pleased with this harvest and hope that it will repeated again in the coming garden years.  The soil in this bed is gorgeous, as a matter of fact I dug up a bog old toad while digging for potatoes.  (It was a bit of a shock, I didn't realize they would completely bury themselves in search of worms etc., this stinker is about the size of a baseball, and it is never amused when I find it in the garden.)  I did 'lasagna gardening' in this new bed, layering cardboard, straw, dog food, amendments, and I can't remember what else.  Then I made some hills with a soil/compost mixture, and covered it all with black mulch.

The tomatoes appear to winding down, here are today's tomato and pepper picks:


My garlic has shipped and it on its way.  I better get my act together and figure out where the onions, garlic, and cold-frame are going in the coming weeks, once again I don't seem to have enough room.

9 comments:

Erin said...

mmmm, my hubby makes big fried sweet potato wedges in the turkey fryer with butter and kosher salt drizzled over the top - that's all I could think of when I saw those big ones!

Ribbit said...

Look at the color on everything. How vibrant it all is.

thyme2garden said...

What beautiful sweet potato harvest! I want to try my hand at growing potatoes and sweet potatoes next year. Did you grow your own sweet potato slips, or purchase them from somewhere?

Lorie said...

Oh, they look so good. I love them baked and drizzled with maple syrup. Yum!

Kelly said...

thyme2garden- I purchased the slips. Never have any luck growing them.

Sweet potatoes are so yummy, I like them mashed and roasted with onions & garlic.

Dani said...

Sweet potatoes are the best!!! ~YUMMY~

Ruralrose said...

I have never seen them so big - going to have to try next year - Peace

meemsnyc said...

Wow, large indeed! Those sweet potatoes look awesome.

Thomas said...

Awesome sweet potato, Kel! They look beautiful!