This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

sweet potato sprouts

sweet potato sprout
sweet sprouts in  cup sweet sprouts under the fish tank

One of my sweet potatoes is sprouting well, but very slowly. No growth on the other. I thought maybe they need more warmth than they get on the window sill, so I moved them to an 80*F location under my fish tank. I hope to buy a few more of different varieties soon.



Blogger janie said...

Are you growing the sweet potatoes as ornamentals, or to make slips for the garden later?

I love the way new growth on sweet potatoes looks. It always reminds me of my Grandmother, for she always had a sweet potato growing in the kitchen window.

January 23, 2010 7:25 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I love the thought of a kitchen window sweet potato and look forward to seeing what this is like. Main purpose is for garden.

January 23, 2010 7:40 PM

Blogger Susie said...


January 23, 2010 8:26 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Grew these for a few years at my Community Garden Plot in Hamilton Ont. its a bit cooler here than Boston.To grow the slips I put three toopicks in the sweet potato and suspend them in a canning jar full of water.1 ft slips are ideal .After the slips are 1ft put them in the canning jar to root. Space them 2 ft per slip and space the rows 3ft and use Garden cover to heat the soil. They grow slow and then they they take off and the green leaves spread out. Near the end of summer leave them in until the night time temps are above 10c. Near the end of Summer the tubers will double in size every two weeks. From Donald

January 24, 2010 8:55 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Thanks Donald! That's great info.

January 24, 2010 11:52 PM


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