Thursday, March 22, 2012

Making sweet potato slips for this year



Around the middle of March it's time to suspend a sweet potato in a jar filled with water so that homemade slips can be grown for the summer garden. Four toothpicks keep it in place, and with the water being changed weekly - produces nice slips in about 45 days. This one is well on it's way to doing just that, it would seem.....

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  1. I really need to try growing sweet potatoes this year. Maybe I will start a couple this week.
    R

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  2. I've got some sweet potatoes for the very first time on my windowsill. They are more of a challenge in the North, but since I can't grow tomatoes and peppers this year, I needed something to fill in the spot and give me some good harvests. And I love sweet potatoes. So of course I'm overdoing it. I'm planting the whole circle garden (60+sqft) with them. I figure I'll have to get at least a few that way. And the circle garden is bricked with the brick path going around. It ought to help make it hotter.

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  3. OK, which end of the sweet potato goes in the water? Or does it matter? I grew gorgeous plants one year, but didn't snap off and plant the slips. I'd have room to try them this year I think.

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    1. It matters.....pointy end go in the water. :)

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  4. I want to try sweet potatoes this year as well. Until recently, I didn't think they would grow well here, but people are succeeding. About 45 days to produce slips. Good to know for when I need to source a grocery store potato and start my slips. I only want to try a few.

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