The third week of April 2017 we planted 36 sweet potato plants. Twenty four of these slips were “Beauregard” and 12 were “Georgia Jet”. In order to determine the best place to plant these in the future, we planted some in established beds rich with organic matter in a south-western exposure and some in established beds in a south-eastern exposure. Lastly, we planted a half-dozen in a new bed of purely southern exposure. Considering the intensity of our summer heat, we are eagerly awaiting the results of our experiment. The pH of the soil were acceptable for these sweet potatoes. All the beds have drip irrigation. The varieties are both southern plants, so we’ll update this as fall harvest approaches.
September 21, 2017: sweet potato harvest begins with one of the four sweet potato beds here. Potatoes are curing now and and weights are recorded for each bed so far.
October 1, 2017: We have one bed yet to harvest which is the Georgia Jets sweet potato bed. It is the last bed to show any sign of yellowing of the leaves. It is in the southwest garden bed which definitely gets the hottest temperatures yet it is thriving the most. See for yourself of these blossoming pictures taken today!