Monday, November 14, 2011
We gave sweet potatoes one more try this season after being disappointed with them last year. From two small shriveled roots, I began my own slips in a sunny window during late winter. They yielded about five little plants, which I placed in a sandy area side-dressed with compost. At first, the slips died back from too much sun. But by then they had already begun to grow roots and once these took hold underground, the leaves returned and the plants flourished. They were moderately neglected after that. I weeded once and never watered, but the conditions must have favored them just enough because we had an amazing haul.