Thursday, November 3, 2011
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!!