Update: October 25, 2014: I will post many new pics soon but with the help of my two sons and a friend of my youngest over the huge mound was concurred and 3 different potato varieties were uncovered. I still think there are more hiding in the dirt mountain, we found about half of a wheelbarrow full of potatoes! So nothing to complain about that is for sure! =)
Yield of Sweet Potatoes from one plant!
This morning I went out determined to find sweet potatoes in my gigantic hill where they were planted and after several attempts of digging holes like a blind squirrel we finally went to the local hardware shop for a big potato fork thing that looks like a shovel but with the fork on the end (hehe, nice description, I know). Then I managed to easily find some yummy sweet potatoes in the huge potato hill in our yard. My plan was to cook some up for dinner tonight but I keep hearing I should cure them before eating them to bring out the sweetness and to help them last even longer. Anyone else starting to pull up their sweet potatoes? I would love to hear how you cure yours, please leave comments below.
I have plenty more to dig up, enough for all my friends =)
never done it so no help . but they look so good. we have red Georgia clay so potatos don't do good.ReplyDelete
Hi Barbara =) There was one video I was watching yesterday that said the type of sweet potatoes he was planting loved the clay type soil =) There is still hope for you to grow them as well. I hear they do well in large containers too! =D Hugs & smiles, TiffinyDelete
After digging them out with your "pitch fork" cure them by storing in a warm, high humidity room for about a week to a week and a half. 80 degrees F with 80-90 percent humidity is ideal. Unless you live in the humid, warm South that may be difficult. A bathroom where the family takes hot showers might be a good choice, maybe set up a small space heater in there for the week to keep the temp close to 80. Next move them to a cool room, 50 -60 degrees for another 2 months. This converts starches to sugars, making them sweeter. Don't let them freeze!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for the great info, I have been doing research by watching youtube videos and reading a ton of gardening sites. Never thought of the bathroom that is a great idea. Oh yesssss, a pitch fork, I wasn't sure if it was called the same thing since the ends weren't as pointy as a typical pitch fork =)Delete