To reassure those of
you who think I may be done with this blog, I am continuing to garden as time
permits. Near the beginning of November, Tucson received its first light frost.
I did my very best to harvest as much as possible, but I am so busy with the
needs of everything else that I have had very little time to harvest. This is
one of the main concerns I have with growing sweet potatoes. The harvest needs
to be done all at once, but I have very little time to do so.
|Shriveled up leaves are evidence of the first slight frost|
|What could be making the ground to crack?|
|The Gardener found a surprise!|
The other main
concern I have with growing sweet potatoes is how dirty I get. The sap that comes
from the vines of this relative of the Morning Glory family is incredibly
difficult to remove. Often, I will go to work with people looking at my hands
wondering why I did not wash them after multiple times of nearly scrubbing my
skin off with soap.
|Several Hours of Hard work outside the garden.|
|Sweet Potato Sap is VERY difficult to get off. I wear grubby clothes.|
|A look at one of the many Purple Sweet Potatoes after being washed.|
Other than the two concerns I have mentioned above, I really love to grow sweet potatoes and still generally enjoy gardening. I just need more time to do it. So far I have managed to harvest quite a bit of sweet potatoes outside of my garden. Now, if I can only make time to harvest the other 4/5 of the crop!
|A view of Several Hours of harvesting Purple Sweet Potatoes|
Wow that is a lot of work and a lot of sweet potatoesReplyDelete
How well and how long do they keep? Are there special varieties you grow that last longer than others?ReplyDelete