We're a family on a 1 acre homestead in Central Florida. We're commited to raising our children in the Love of God and raising plants and animals in sustainable agriculture to feed them.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Sweet Potato Harvest
Cold weather came early and yesterday I went out with FarmBoy1 to dig in the dirt and bring in the sweet potatoes. I was impressed. They aren't as plentiful as last year but they are way bigger. Next time I will plant the starts more densely but fertilize just the same. Many people say sweet potatoes like sandy soil, no water and zero nutrients. We've not seen that to be true for us. We get bigger potatoes by fertilizing and adding compost. But maybe most people aren't thinking of starting them in beach sand.
Last year we got 2 baskets full. Husbandman thinks there are more lurking deeper than I was digging. I hope so as this wouldn't last us the winter.
Now they need to cure. We leave them in the basket on the porch for 2 weeks before we start eating them. Then we just eat from there, never transferring to the fridge and never cleaning them until just before we cook them. They'll begin sprouting on their own. When that happens, I save some for next years bed and plant the rest in the pasture to be animal fodder.