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.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

planting sweet potatoes

planting sweet potatoes

I've never grown my own sweet potato slips before and I suppose I used a non-traditional method. They aren't really slips, but little plants that I transplanted today. I transplanted about a dozen. I think I heard that they do OK in the shade, so I planted them next to my corn bed.



Blogger Dan said...

They look like really nice starts! I was going to try them in my half barrel this year but decided on cabbage instead. Then the chipmunk eat the cabbage and now I got nothing :-) Next year I will have to find a spot for them.

May 23, 2010 11:58 PM

Blogger kathy said...

That's sad :(

I am now devising a way to grow soy beans this year, when the chipmunks have eaten mine the past two years. They eat the dry seeds that I plant, so I will try sprouting them inside and transplanting after they are a good size.

May 24, 2010 12:43 AM

Blogger Rachel said...

In California you can't get sweet potato slips so I just put the whole thing in the ground once it starts to sprout. I've tried producing my own slips with little luck. Planting the whole things seems to work a lot better for us.

May 24, 2010 3:15 PM

Blogger FranksGreenGirl said...

I have been starting my slips for the first time and so far so good. I lost some a couple weeks ago because I was just "adding" water instead of "changing" the water daily. Now I have true leaves on all but one slip. I didn't even think about growing these in a half barrel and my daughter was saying I needed to get them planted soon. This is a good Idea as I hate to be digging for anything with my back being what it is.... Thanks for the tips I learn so much from this blog and am inspired to try new things.
P.S. The chipmunks have raided my cabbages and asparagus this year. I am going to have to think about a tall planter for them next year as I think their invasion will only get worse with the warmer climate we've had this season.

May 24, 2010 5:24 PM


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