Tonights Sweet Potato Harvest

jrslick (North Central Kansas, Zone 5B)September 2, 2011

Some pictures from tonight's Sweet Potatoes Harvest.

If you have never dug sweet potatoes, it is like opening a present. You never know what is inside.

This year we grew our Sweet Potatoes under black plastic landscape fabric.

Here is a picture of what they looked like before I started to dig them. This variety is Georgia Jet.

First we cut off the vines.

We dug 8 hills tonight. Here are 4 hills in this row.

Next we pull back the fabric and drip tape.

Now time for the digging. Sometimes it feels more like excavating!

Here is the haul from this hill.

I pulled back and took this picture. You can see a potato growing over and out of the next hill.

Repeat for the other hills, then you are all done.

How about this 80 pound harvest.

Only 3 more Varieties to go.


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Awesome Man.... That is so cool ;-)
and thanks for the pics man...wayyyy cool ;-)

    Bookmark   September 2, 2011 at 11:24PM
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Very nice.

I have 300' of japanese purple under plastic as well. They got dried chicken manure along with sul-po-mag, manganese sulphate, Boron, cobalt, and moly. The foliage quality is superb. The business about SP not needing any fertilizer is a myth.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2011 at 7:32AM
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Cool! This is exactly what I needed to know. Digging up some potatoes today!


    Bookmark   September 3, 2011 at 10:13AM
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jrslick (North Central Kansas, Zone 5B)


Where did you get the slips for the Japanese Purple. I need to plant some of those next year. I have heard of them, but I have never seen them before, in person, online of course.

The funny thing about your post is not needing fertilizer. I would agree with you. However, I was in such a hurry this spring to get the hills made, drip tape down, plastic covering it, that I forgot to get fertilizer in the ground. I spoke to a Sweet Potato breeder, in Africa, use to live here in Kansas, he said I would probably be ok without it. I looks like he is right, but I won't forget that next year.


    Bookmark   September 4, 2011 at 2:15PM
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