Last year I planted sweet potatoes and got one measly little spud. I suppose I planted too late. This year, I got them in the ground early, and they completely took over the garden. They grew up and over the trellises, across the paths and into the okra and pepper patches. They made the most beautiful purple blossoms. Just this week, the leaves have started to turn, and as I pulled out weeds from the ground around the vines, I saw glorious sweet potatoes coming up out of the dirt. I haven't pulled up all the plants as some of the clusters I pulled looked like they could have taken another week of growth. I have a small pile washed and now curing on the deck table. I don't know how to handle sweet potatoes, but a couple summers ago, I saw my neighbor washing his sweet potatoes in five gallon buckets and leaving them out to dry.
|popping out of the soil|
|a big gourdish one|
|sweet potato blossoms|
|sweet potato dome flanked by peppers and basil|