Every Monday, Daphne's Dandelions hosts "Harvest Monday" where bloggers can post their harvests. Click her link above to see what others are harvesting and see below for what we harvested:
So last May, we PLANTED some sweet potato slips that we had ROOTED AND GROWN . We used two large metal trashcans as containers. After we saw how big they had gotten, we decided it was time to harvest them. This is the one on the left side...
...and this is the one on the right side (photos on the original blog post). For some reason, this one didn't grow as well as the other one. Same watering schedule, same light, maybe just not as good a start to the slips?
The first thing I did was clip off all the trailing vines and toss them in the compost bin. Then I dragged the very heavy cans over to the nearest unused raised beds.
I pulled up the vines on top of the can and immediately got a few. Hopefully there would be more further down in the container...
...I dug out around this one and it was a beautiful, almost perfect sweet potato. Side note, is there nothing more fun than digging for potatoes? It's like buried treasure!
Do you know where these were? Not in the cans...they were attached to the vines when I pulled them up from from ground! Kind of like sweet potato carrots, ha.
I flipped the cans into the empty raised beds and spread them out. It was an easy way to do the sorting without making a mess in the yard or on the mulch.
One upside of the sorting method is lots of fresh and rich soil added to two of the empty raised beds. That will be good for getting them ready for Winter sleep.
So above are the mostly odd shaped ones, and below are the five "best ones" that we pulled from the two containers. We should still be able to eat the long thin ones, right? Might be a new experience, LOL. They must 'cure' of course, we have to do that first so that the starches turn to sugars.
|Container grown sweet potato harvesting|
|Harvesting sweet potatoes|
SO...I have a few questions. Since this was our first attempt, I will not rate it as epic fail, we did start with pretty much nothing but a couple of sprouts and gained almost 7 lbs so that's free sweet potatoes. But my question is, what caused the odd, long shaped ones? I'm thinking maybe the soil was too compact? These almost perfect, "normal" shaped ones were in the upper portions of the two containers and then when I dumped them out completely the others were the oddly shaped potatoes, more like carrots.
Is there a soil ratio recommendation? A special combination? Did we leave them in too long? Not long enough? Too much water? Not enough deep watering? It was successful enough that we'll definitely do it again next year but we just thought we might see what we could do differently next time around to get a better crop.
This week's vegetable harvest: 6 lb 13 oz
Total harvest YTD: 22 lb 9 oz