A cheap and effective method for producing your own sweet potatoes.
Apart from being largely pesticide-free, sweet potatoes have fewer calories than common potatoes and are a source of essential micronutrients like vitamin C and manganese. In addition, sweet potatoes can be adapted to replace traditional potatoes in almost any recipe, and are great for juicing.
- Start with the right sweet potatoes: select ones that have already
sprouted, which indicates they are pesticide-free and able to reproduce
- Create a warm environment: although other tubes are planted outside,
sweet potatoes prefer warmer places. They’ve been seen to respond much
better to room temperature, so make sure you store them in a place at
least 50°F (10°C), and always place them in a well-ventilated place, to
avoid fungal growth.
- Top exposè: once you have a potato (or potatoes) with
liberated roots, place inside a 5-gallon bucket of moist soil with
almost half of the top (lengthwise) exposed. Refresh with water every
now and then to maintain a good level of moisture in the soil. Use a
bucket with holes in the bottom for drainage.
- Hello splits: after a period of approximately 90 days, your sweet potato plant will start shooting out slips. Once they’ve become long enough to be planted (6 to 12 inches) – as shown in the picture – you´ll need to put them in a bigger container, ideally a 20-gallon bucket for each six slips (green shoots).
- Perfect time of the year: make sure the last frost of spring has
already passed. Remember sweet potatoes prefer warmer weather, so late
spring is the perfect time of the year for planting.
- It’s harvest time!: after a period of 3 to 4 months, harvest the delicious sweet potatoes you’ve grown. The yellowing of the leaves (usually caused by the start of the fall season and the first frost) indicates that your sweet potatoes are ready to be harvested.
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