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Have you ever wondered how to grow sweet potatoes?
I absolutely LOVE sweet potatoes! They are not only incredibly healthy for you, but the sweet potato ranked #1 vegetable in overall nutrition in this study! Sweet potatoes are a good source of fiber and Vitamin A, but they also boast of Vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and B6.
They can be enjoyed so many ways! I love them as a side dish with loads of butter and salt, but you can make quick breads, pies, casseroles and even stir-fry!
Sweet potatoes are a member of the bindweed, or morning glory family. This explains the gorgeous vinery and flowers that they produce, so beautiful to look at!
Sweet potatoes aren’t grown from seeds, but rather “slips”. Slips are sprouts from another sweet potato. Slips are super easy to grow!! (This might remind you of an experiment you did in the first grade!)
In order to grow slips, you will need….
-An organic sweet potato from last years crop, the grocery store or health food store.
-A jar with mouth large enough to allow for sweet potato.
-A dozen or so toothpicks (4 per potato)
Wash your potato/es with a mild soap to get off any dirt or bacteria. Dry well.
In a “T” shape, insert your toothpicks into the top half of the sweet potato.
Next, fill your mason jar about 1/2 way with water and slowly place your sweet tater in there. If the water is a little too high, pour some out. The bottom fourth of the potato should be immersed.
Every few days, replace the water. After a week or so, you should start to see little sprouts coming out of your potatoes!
Exciting! So when the sprouts look something like this, pluck them off gently and put them in a jar of water by themselves, so that they can root.
Once they have a good root system, they can be planted in soil, which will hopefully be your garden! Make sure the chance of frost has past before you plant outside. Otherwise, put your rooted slips in potting soil until it’s warm enough outside.
Enjoy your sweet potatoes! How about starting some garlic inside now???