Sweet potato harvest

ClareBroommaker's picture

Due to rain, rain, rain in late spring, our sweet potatoes were late to go in to our little city garden. Then the vines grew like gang busters and I was afraid maybe there was too much nitrogen in the soil which might make for some stringy potatoes. And--- yah, I accidentally planted moonvines in among the sweet potatoes. They look an awful lot alike. I did not realize it until the white flowered moonvines bloomed! Then there were also pink morning glories (weeds) galore in the same area. Sweet potato flowers are purple. So what a tangled, green, blooming, viney jungle that area was!

Well, my husband hand dug this afternoon. Literally he used only his hands. Tomorrow I'll go over it with a spading fork to find any he missed. He dug two milk crates of potatoes. Yes, some of them were stringy, but not as bad as I feared. And even the stringy ones just looked immature, not over-nitrogen'd.

Here's a glimpse,

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Wow, brilliant, well done. There's nothing like a good harvest to encourage the gardener. =D

Blueberry's picture

Sweet potatoes, cracklin corn bread, and ham, so what time is supper?

ClareBroommaker's picture

Supper will be in about two weeks. I've got to get those sweet potatoes cured first! Late as they were dug, I will have to use my usual method of laying them out on the lawn with a plastic sheet over them to retain humidity from the ground and heat from the sun. This works, but I have to go out 3-4 times a day to turn the potatoes so the warmth makes its way well through the entire mass. When cured, they go to the basement.

BTW, there will be heavily salted greens on the menu, too. Hope it doesn't shock the timid, but there will be some fat trimmings from the ham cooked down into the greens. Did I ever mention I grew up in Tennessee? Can you hear my accent?

I'm hoping Sweet Tater Man will be able to show us his mountain of potatoes....

Blueberry's picture

So Collards, Mustard, or Turnip Greens looking forward to supper!!!!!!!!!

Sweet Tatorman's picture

In the Spring I had posted a photo of hilled ridges in preparation for planting. Part of the rational of ridges is that it facilitates digging without damage. Typically I only nick or cut 1 or 2 out of a 100. This year I planted in blocks of 4 rows each 10 ft long. The first photo shows vines cut and pulled out of the way for one variety out of 5 grown. The second photo is post digging. Typically I let dry on the ground a few hours before gathering to facilitate brushing off the soil. Sorry if upside down. No matter how I rotate the photo in editing it does it's own thing when uploaded.

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