Good Harvest

This morning, I returned the gazebo that I had borrowed for the festival to its owner. She is a friend, fellow spinner, knitter and fellow gardener.  Last year she gave me a handful of sweet potato sprouts, both white and yellow.  I planted them in deep compost, but planted the winter squash too close and not having grown winter squash before, I didn’t know that they vie to take over the entire garden beginning around August 1 and up until the first frost.  As a result, my harvest of sweet potatoes was dismal.  There were a few fingerling white ones that got roasted with other veggies for dinner a couple of times and just enough yellow ones to make sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving dinner.  When I was visiting with my friend this morning, she said she had already dug her sweet potatoes.  I came home with two large white ones from her garden.

After picking up granddaughter from pre-school and MountainGDad from physical therapy, I decided to dig my own patch of Beauregard sweet potatoes, planted this spring, well away from the winter squash patch.  They grew and spread through out the pepper patch providing good ground cover to keep the weeds down there.  A few days ago, I noticed that something had begun feasting on the vines, striping the leaves back closer and closer to the crowns.  Clusters of sweet potatoes were beginning to emerge above ground, so it was time.  Initially I planted 9 or 10 slips, but the bunnies ate several right away until I covered them long enough to get established.  There were only 6 or 7 remaining crowns.

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What a difference this year.  This is just 4 of the larger ones.

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There are some fingerlings that will be perfect sliced and roasted with potatoes, carrots, onions, turnips, and garlic as a side dish.  Plenty of large one for baking and making casseroles.  In total, those 6 or 7 plants produced a hefty 20 1/2 pounds of potatoes.  Now to get them on the root cellar shelves to cure for some good eating this fall and winter.

Tomorrow, maybe we will make our jaunt to get cabbages for kraut and cool storage.  I just don’t have much luck growing them.

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