A year ago I started two sweet potatoes, and let them grow vines. At the end of last February I planted out my first slips of these vines.
Saturday I dug up the planter where they were planted and harvested the tubers; replanting the vines on all eight sections of the stadium planter, adding and mixing in bone meal enriched soil to replace soil used up by last year’s crops. I did not fertilize with a tuber harvest in mind, but used nitrogen with greens in mind. This latest stage is planted with a continual harvest of tubers in mind, now that I have shown that they are evergreen in my area.
There are a few slips left over: I think I may be able to get these planted as well. I am planting a lot of sweet potatoes because I want a baseline crop that will be self-sustaining and continually harvestable, as needed. In my small patio, this will represent a constant renewable food source- one thing I was trying for when I began my project here in the inner city.
1: Sweet potatoes from original two
2: Vines growing from slips planted two months ago
3. Stadium planter freshly replanted with sweet potatoes
Sweet Potato 'Bootstrap' Harvesting
end of first generation