Growing sweet potatoes vegetable plants can help you to fertilise your school organic garden beds in an inexpensive way.
Sweet Potato plant is a perennial. It comes with large, tuberous roots, and creeping stems.
This potato plant´s Morning-Glory a-like leaves are running freely along the ground. So, you can use them as a ground cover; if you wish.
Sweet potato plant seldom produces flowers in the cold location; so you can only enjoy the edible green leaves; and the aromatic potatoes.
This root crop needs a very long, dry and hot growing season. Therefore; you have to think about how to grow them efficiently; if you are situated at a cold area.
In order to experience the success; it is better to do several experiments to discover the possibilities with a short growing season; before you start planting them.
The Benefits of Planting Sweet Potatoes
If you could not provide a good, warm, south spot for these sweet potatoes plants; you can also grow them in a less warm, but dry, good drainage; sandy soil at the north side of your garden.
If you are situated at a warm location; a good deep soil would drive the roots downward, and the result is long, spindling potatoes.
If you are living in a cold location; container growing may be best suitable for a short warm season. So, the potatoes might be short and compact.
Harvesting sweet potatoes while growing, before the danger of a killing frost touches the vines. Do the same as white potatoes; let the roots lie out to dry in the dark after digging.
Propagation can be done by cuttings, sets or slips.
Growing sweet potatoes for table use; and for the whole year through delicious sweet potato bread, custards, glazed potatoes, jelly, or pies?