Tuesday 15 March 2016
Well, I Guess I'm Growing Sweet Potatoes
This was absolutely an impulse decision. Why can't I just make a garden plan and stick with it?! These seem a bit fussy to me and I don't like fuss. Like how I direct sow as much as I can (beans, carrots, chard) so I don't have to transplant. On the other hand ... homegrown sweet potatoes!? How awesome will that be?
Well, we'll see how it goes. This is not exactly the climate for sweet potatoes. Margaret at Homegrown - Adventures in my Garden is further south than I am and she gave them a whirl in 2015. I was thinking even her area was too short of a season but not so as she had some success.
But I still had no plans. And then I came across asterlanedibles at a seed exchange in Ottawa. And she was selling sweet potatoes that she grew herself. And she's even further North than me! I couldn't help myself.
She said this area is fine for sweet potatoes but you need a short season variety and a very sunny area. She sold me three sweet potatoes to start growing slips with. They are Georgia Jet (or a shoot of Georgia Jet).
If they make it to the next stage, I will happily share an update. In the meantime ... sigh ... I am sticking them in some water to grow the "slips" - which is just sweet-potato-fancy term for sending out shoots.
I watched a video showing someone planting actual sweet potatoes with slips "sprouting out of them" which seems no different to me than planting actual potatoes with "eyes that sprout". So ... honestly and seriously ... just wondering if people make this seem difficult or what??
In the meantime, here they are at Day 9 with some roots (in the water) and some sprouts (above water). Or are those "above water" sprouts the same size as when I bought them?
Love gardening. Always. Even when you don't know what is going on ... it's still super cool because, you know, earth and food and stuff.