The rainy season seems to have gotten an early start this summer. Now is an excellent time to plant sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are a tender warm season crop and require 120 to 180 days to mature. Plant now and you can expect to harvest taters for Thanksgiving. Growing sweet potatoes over the summer is a good way to hold down weeds in the vegetable garden. Once planted they require little care until harvest.
Sweet potatoes are started from stem cuttings called “slips.” You can grow your own from a store-bought potato. Look for ones showing signs of tiny sprouts; some sweet potatoes are treated to prevent sprouting. You can set the potato in a glass of water, or bury it horizontally in the garden bed with the sprouting end just below the surface. In warm weather the shoots will be ready in two to three weeks.
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