TheWaterbug wrote:So I'm psyched up to eat these tonight. If they're good I'll dig up a bunch more tomorrow.
Well, they were terrible. After I put them in the oven, I read up on these guys, and evidently they don't really get sweet until they've sat for a month or two.
But I also wanted to clear out the space, so I dug up the whole patch. And got maybe 15 lbs. of sweet potatoes.
Some of the plants had nothing at all, others had tubers too small to eat, and a handful of plants had 2-3 good-sized 'taters. But nearly all of them were heavily split.
I've got them sitting in a storage room; I'll try eating a few in a month or so to see if they've improved.
So clearly I'm doing something massively wrong, since sweet potatoes are supposed to be easy to grow!! I think my soil prep was OK, because the soil will still really loose when I harvested. I may not have watered enough during the hottest part of late summer.
I'm going to try again this year, and I'll from a different slip vendor so I can start earlier.
Sunset 23/USDA 11a, Elev. 783', Frost free since 8,000 BC. Plagued by squirrels, gophers, and peafowl, but coming to terms with it!