How to Start Sweet Potato Slips


| 2/6/2015 10:08:00 AM


Tags: Onion Seeds, Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potato Slips, Gardening, Mary Conley,

Mary ConleyDear friends,

Although it is early February, for some of us it is time to kickstart our gardening. Usually, for me, this only means planting onions from seed, but for the first time, I’m also going to start sweet potato plants from scratch. Well, from sweet potatoes!

What a proud mother/grandmother I am to be able to get my information about starting and growing something from my daughter's, blog called The Chicken Dumpling Gang. Amy and our granddaughter, Molly, not only grew their sweet potatoes, but first started the slips from the previous year’s harvest. Then Molly turned it into a 4-H project, receiving a blue ribbon.

I started on February 3 using sweet potatoes that my son, Perry, grew last year. He got them from Amy, so they are a family affair. If you purchase yours from the supermarket, be sure to buy organic or they may have been coated to prevent sprouting. I used half gallon jars filled with water, and skewered the sweet potatoes close to one end so most of it is submerged. I didn’t have skewers so my inventive husband brought up a box of plastic Pick-Up-Sticks!

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Side Track: Larry, my husband, is always nice enough to read my posts before I send them in. He doesn’t find many or all of my mistakes, but I feel safer knowing he’ll catch something important before I completely embarrass myself. Anyway, when he gets to something like “my inventive husband,” he gets stuck on that phrase like a scratched record (if you’re old enough to know what that means) and reads that part over and over until I yell at him! He never tires of it! From now on, you can imagine that whenever I say something nice about him!

DruidJo
2/15/2018 3:06:17 PM

I wondered how to do this with sweet potatoes. Many years ago, when we still lived in the city, I had purchased a 10 pound bag of potatoes from the store and then could not find them. I thought that I had left them at the store. I found them a couple of weeks later next to the bike and lawn shed in the back yard. I assume my son dropped them there instead of in the kitchen in a hurry to go and play with his friends. They were rotting and the eyes were growing. I decided that would be a good place to pitch grass clippings and dump the guinea pig bedding and toss out the old dirt from the house plants as I repotted them. I didn't want to deal with the smelly clean up and I figured I could use that space for my first garden of tomatoes and peppers the next spring. There were some really stubborn weeds that refused to die when we covered them with wood chips and straw from the dog house and the grass clippings. That fall when we decided it was time to make a garden bed out of our make shift compost pile we tried to pull out the stubborn weeds that just kept coming up no matter what we piled on them. Turned out they were potatoes.....and lots of potatoes....and they were pretty good potatoes too.


DruidJo
2/15/2018 3:05:33 PM

I wondered how to do this with sweet potatoes. Many years ago, when we still lived in the city, I had purchased a 10 pound bag of potatoes from the store and then could not find them. I thought that I had left them at the store. I found them a couple of weeks later next to the bike and lawn shed in the back yard. I assume my son dropped them there instead of in the kitchen in a hurry to go and play with his friends. They were rotting and the eyes were growing. I decided that would be a good place to pitch grass clippings and dump the guinea pig bedding and toss out the old dirt from the house plants as I repotted them. I didn't want to deal with the smelly clean up and I figured I could use that space for my first garden of tomatoes and peppers the next spring. There were some really stubborn weeds that refused to die when we covered them with wood chips and straw from the dog house and the grass clippings. That fall when we decided it was time to make a garden bed out of our make shift compost pile we tried to pull out the stubborn weeds that just kept coming up no matter what we piled on them. Turned out they were potatoes.....and lots of potatoes....and they were pretty good potatoes too.


Mac
1/30/2018 12:51:23 PM

What is wrong with the comment section? earlier there were three comments from three different people. I made a comment so there were then four. Now there is only three identical comments from Mary.







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