Growing Sweet Potatoes
About growing sweet potatoes. How to grow sweet potatoes in the home vegetable garden. Grow sweet potato vines. Curing and harvesting sweet potatoes.
How to Grow Sweet Potato Vines
Weed the sweet potato patch weekly until the vines are big enough to shade out the weeds.
Apply a thick straw mulch to the rows to protect the newly planted slips.
Sweet potato vines grow quickly. To keep the vines from getting out of bounds, you can pinch the new growth back.
Sweet Potato Greens
These are quick cooking greens like spinach (they don't taste like spinach). You can chop them roughly and add them to soups or saute them in a little butter with salt.
The important thing to remember is not to take too many leaves from the growing
sweet potato plants
. The leaves nourish the tubers. If you eat too many, you won't get the large potatoes you will want for your
Thanksgiving sweet potato recipes
Harvest Sweet Potato Tubers
When to harvest sweet potatoes. How to get your sweet potato harvest in without damaging the tubers.
Curing Sweet Potatoes
Brush the loose soil off the sweet potatoes and leave them in the sun to dry for several hours. Do not leave them out overnight or you may lose part of your crop to the local wildlife.
The potatoes need to cure for 3 weeks at 70-80 degrees F in a humid area. 50-60 degrees F is the optimum temperature range for long term storage.
Do not wash the sweet potatoes until you remove them from storage to cook them. Eat the bruised or broken ones first as they will not keep well.
Planting Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potato Nutrition Information
Baking Sweet Potatoes
Return to Sweet Potato Vine
Sweet Potato Pie Recipe