Well I finally got around to harvesting my sweet potatoes. I feel back to my old self and recovered from my surgery so that is great news! I was supposed to dig these up on August 10th, but didn’t get around to digging them til this past Saturday. I started these sweet potato slips back on May 10th. I had planned on planting 12 plants but when I received 18 plants in the mail, I was thrilled and planted them all. After digging them, I think that was part of my problem..I overplanted for a small area. Most of the potatoes came out skinny, and Kent tells me that it is because they were planted too close. My age-old problem! overplanting! We still plan to eat them, skinny ones and all.
To dig them up I cut the vines and then just started digging! I never got rid of my white flies and in one picture you can see how many I had. I will get rid of all the vines and hopefully the white flies as well. The combined weight was 13.8 pounds. The lesson I learned was plant fewer to possibly yield bigger potatoes. I am sure excited to eat them!
The next thing I will plant is a spinach crop for the fall and more potatoes.