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Blog entry by Harold and Pam posted 02-20-2011 05:37 AM 1412 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is our second year raising sweet potatoes and we were not disappointed. Pam puts them in a variety of buckets rather then in the ground and they do fine. We do however get some very funny looking potatoes as they grow and contort to the container. And if it wasn’t enough to have them grow in one section of the yard, we actually had several grow in our compost bin! While they do very well in there, it does prevent me from turning my compost.

Besides the strange looking potatoes, we did get a few that weighed in at over two pounds apiece, but most like fingerlings. Check my blog on “Eating from the Garden #4: Sweet Potatoes”


This is from our first year crop (2009) Plus she’s holding a baby egg plant.


Happy Girl holding up the 2010 crop


Over two pounds….. look just like what you’d buy at the store… only better!!


Funny – Deformed – Strange… add your own adjunctive.


Container gardening. This was one variety of containers that Pam used for her potatoes


Compost Gardening!!! Several grew in the compost.

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl



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Iris43

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posted 02-20-2011 06:15 AM

You have to love getting ‘free’ produce from the compost . Looks like you got a good crop. My DD also always has things growing in her compost heap….pumpkins, squash, etc. Saves on garden space.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 02-20-2011 09:58 AM

You have fantastic harvest of the sweet potatoes. We love them and prepare various recipes from them. One which I love is roasting whole potato with skin in coal or wood fire. Another is to cut them into round slices, roast them in clarified butter or butter till tender and add scraped coconut and sugar until sugar dissolves. No water is added in this recipe. If you like you can skin the potato before slicing. In one more you grate them with skin, roast them in butter with cumin seeds. Steam them until tender and add salt, pounded groundnut and chilipowder or pepper according to taste. Serve hot.

Sharad

Sharad

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posted 02-20-2011 04:42 PM

I love sweet potatoes. Pam & Harold, I like the idea of using the containers to grow them. I might just try that this year. How often do you water the large containers? I presume that they are in full sun.

Thanks, Sharad for offering alternative methods of food preparation using sweet potatoes. They sound good.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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posted 02-20-2011 06:36 PM

Jroot – Pam gets sweet potato “slips” from Gurney’s, and here in Fla we start the planting in March/April. They are not in full sun and are actually up against the north side of the house. I’m not certain if all potatoes vine, but these certainly do. The first season, we were shocked to see them growing up the side of the house, around the outside light, the gutter, the TV cable… The second year we built trellises for them to wind around. As for the watering, PJ tells me that she waters twice a week depending upon the rain that the good Lord me have already supplied. Looking at the date I took the photos, I see that we pulled them up on Oct 31st.

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl

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posted 02-20-2011 09:48 PM

Here in Canada, it won’t be as hot in full sun as it is in your sunny Florida, so I am thinking that that is where I would put the pots. Based on your description, they really want to travel. Good to hear about the watering cycle. Thanks.

Those sweet potatoes are making me hungry. I don’t think I posted a recipe for President Obama’s favourite sweet potatoe pie. I will do so in the recipe forum.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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posted 02-21-2011 01:07 AM

What kind of containers did you use for your taters? I have planted them in the garden before and they tend to take over.

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posted 02-21-2011 02:50 AM

Ezgnann –
Pam has used plastic buckets such as 35 or 20 gal barrels that have been cut down. Hers are about 18 – 24 inches. She also uses some fiber buckets that she got from Gardener’s Supply Company – here’s that link to their potato grow bags

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl

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posted 02-21-2011 08:06 AM

Oops, I don’t see the link.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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posted 02-21-2011 03:01 PM

Great job growing those sweet potatoes. Pam! Look how many you grew!

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posted 02-21-2011 03:20 PM

Jroot and others linking for the alusive link for the potato grow bags…. hate it when I do that!!

http://www.gardeners.com/Potato-Bin/GrowBags_Cat,36-629RS,default,cp.html

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl

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