Sweet potatoes

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  1. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

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    Going to start my sweet potatoes early this year, for slips. I waited to late last year and ended up having to buy some, and they are getting hard to find around here. Didn't have a good year for sweet potatoes last year,to much rain and the creek got over them and most rotted in the ground. :( Jack
     
  2. Mama Beek

    Mama Beek New Member

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    I've got slips growing on the counter right now in mason jars. I'm going to put some in a box of sand too and see which one produces more slips for me. Last year's garden here was almost a total bust... I still don't know what dug up and ate all of our sweet potatoes but I'll try again this year.
     

  3. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

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    Mama Beek,field rats and squirrels will dig and eat them around here. Jack
     
  4. Ladyleo191

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    If I lived closer to her, I could probably tell her who, er...I mean...what dug them up and ate them.
     
  5. Hobie

    Hobie New Member

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    I love sweet potatoes! Are they easy to start/grow? Do they need a lot of space? I need to read up. All I know is that they aren't like regular potatoes.
     
  6. Mama Beek

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    They need a long growing season and plenty of room. The vines are just beautiful and you can eat the leaves too. They are easy enough to grow as long as you can give them enough time in the ground and enough space for the vines. I think there are a couple of bush types but I'm not sure.
     
  7. Hobie

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    Hmmm. Growing season might be a big issue here.
     
  8. Mama Beek

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    I remember reading an article somewhere about a fella who raised sweet potatoes in the UP of Michigan. I'll see if I can find it and send it on to you if you want.
     
  9. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

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    My mother,gandmother and aunt's always had sweet potatoe plants growing out of a vase setting in a window or on their fireplace mantle. (one of there many house plants) they would have to cut them back once in a while or they would run across the floor. :D Jack
     
  10. Murrell

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    Any one remember " playing " the Sweet Potato ??

    It was tin, then they made a plastic one.

    Murrell
     
  11. G3farms

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    I played with the plastic Irish cousin, "Mr. Potato Head"

    :lol: :lol:
     
  12. Murrell

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    I'm sorry I said tin, I should have said wood !!

    I have a plastic one around here some where.

    http://hindocarina.com/

    Murrell
     
  13. Mama Beek

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    we had them in school during music class... maybe that's why they call them sweet potatoes?! :lol:
     
  14. Hobie

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    I've heard of the "sweet potato" instrument, but I never got the knack of playing it. Or any other musical instrument, for that matter. It's just not in my genes, sadly.
     
  15. G3farms

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    Never seen one myself. What a neat little music maker!!

    Mr. Hinds sure does make some awfully pretty little taters.
     
  16. Ladyleo191

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    Hobie, I'm with you. I can barely play a radio. :cry: