growing sweet potato slips
I am far from an experienced market gardener, in fact I am still very much learning.
In early February I started sweet potatoes for slip not knowing how well it was going to turn out. I googled all the "How To" videos I could find and tried to educate myself but everyone was using heating pads and neon lighting. I guess that works for most but I am trying to get off grid and am trying to learn how to do things without hydro of any sort. So I got my mason jars and filled them with water and cut my skewers into equal sized pieces, took about an hour inspecting each potato to figure out which was the top and poked the skewers in and placed them into my jars. Set them on the top shelf of my plant stand in front of our window and hoped for the best.
I had tried growing slips a few years back but somehow ended up with rotten potatoes and not a single slip, so as you can understand I wasn't to hopeful that this time would be any different. Then mid February I started to notice that my potatoes where growing roots, nice clean white roots...Oh, I was so excited I posted pictures instantly to my instagram page. I did it, all by myself with no help from heat pads or lighting! Mother Nature was finally on my side, the beautiful sun rays where enough to provide both light and heat. So of course me being super excited decided to grow even more, so another batch where started on March 1 and then I started 10 more today (which is the 12th). I figure I can never have to many slips as this family loves sweet potatoes!
Now, not like I don't have enough to learn I have to educate myself on how to cure sweet potatoes....I am hoping all goes well and I can pull off a huge crop to last me till Spring 2018.
I'll keep you updated on my progress!