Thursday, November 3, 2011
It's Time for Maryland Sweet Potatoes
Technically, you are supposed to pick sweet potatoes after the first frost, when the vegetation wilts. However, in 2010, that didn't happen until December 1st, and I had about a bushel of wormy (but otherwise tasty) Beauregards to show for it. I grew about 3x as many this year, and did not want to have any kind of pest-induced crop loss.
So I picked them. There was a lot more "below ground biomass" this year than in 2010, but a lot of the growth went into runty little potatoes. I ended up picking about 3 bushels worth, of which about 2 bushels are market size potatoes. My cost incurred for those potatoes was about $6 - I planted about 12-15 clones from 2010's crop, and bought 3 new plants ($2 each) as a backup plan. I think we got about $40 worth of sweet potatoes. And oh yes. They are being used.
And this is where my wife, the indomitable Sadie Priss, comes in. And by "comes in," I mean MELTS YOUR FACE OFF WITH THIS RIDICULOUS SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE. Ahem.
Only about 100 pounds of sweet potatoes left....I'll grow double again next year!!
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