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Post  sanderson on 12/16/2019, 6:34 pm

I harvest one tote for Thanksgiving and they were small and few.  Today I harvest the 2nd tote and got a decent harvest.  bounce   I just dump the totes as the SP are usually at the bottom.  I have a feeling I'm getting an air fryer for Christmas.
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Post  OhioGardener on 12/16/2019, 7:19 pm

@sanderson wrote:I have a feeling I'm getting an air fryer for Christmas.

Trust me, you'll LOVE AirFryer Sweet Potato Fries!  Sweet Potatoes - Page 8 3170584802

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Post  No_Such_Reality on 12/16/2019, 11:45 pm

What method are you using to cure them?
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Post  sanderson on 12/17/2019, 4:12 am

I don't really "cure" them.  Harvest, dry off a day or 2, gently brush off Mel's Mix, put on kitchen tile floor in paper shopping bags.  Wella!  Wink

I will take some to my daughter and DIL at Christmas.  They go crazy for the home grown SP, winter squash, summer garlic and Christmas oranges.

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Post  MrBooker on 12/19/2019, 6:35 am

@sanderson wrote:I harvest one tote for Thanksgiving and they were small and few.  Today I harvest the 2nd tote and got a decent harvest.  bounce   I just dump the totes as the SP are usually at the bottom.  I have a feeling I'm getting an air fryer for Christmas.
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LQQK'n good. I think next year, I'll try using taller plastic trash cans for my SP's. Mine does ok in the half barrels but a little crowded.
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Post  sanderson on 12/20/2019, 3:27 am

How many slips do you plant per half barrel? I found that 3 slips per storage tote was better than 4 or 5.

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Post  MrBooker on 12/20/2019, 8:55 am

@sanderson wrote:How many slips do you plant per half barrel?  I found that 3 slips per storage tote was better than 4 or 5.
I have always used 3 plants per tote. I think more plants will result in smaller fruit.
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Post  sanderson on 12/20/2019, 7:52 pm

Thanks!

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Post  sanderson on 4/13/2020, 4:17 pm

Does everyone have their SP slips growing? I just planted 4 rooted slips and am waiting for another 2 to grow roots. I'm in Zone 9A so the weather is warm enough to plant out everything.

TD, I forgot to remind you on April 1 to get them started. Embarassed Suz, how about you?

I grow mine in storage totes with 12" of Mel's Mix.

Question: If planted in a SFG bed with a weed fabric or plywood bottom, how deep should the MM be?

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Post  countrynaturals on 4/13/2020, 4:56 pm

@sanderson wrote:Does everyone have their SP slips growing?  I just planted 4 rooted slips and am waiting for another 2 to grow roots.  I'm in Zone 9A so the weather is warm enough to plant out everything.

TD, I forgot to remind you on April 1 to get them started. Embarassed  Suz, how about you?
I have a store-bought sweet potato sprouted and rooted, but planting it isn't high on my priority list. Maybe next week.
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Post  MrBooker on 4/13/2020, 7:46 pm

I have a solution to planting everything. Dig hole, drop seed and cover it, water it and harvest.
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Post  OhioGardener on 4/13/2020, 8:20 pm

Not to worry, MrB, those that cannot plant can be taught to code.  BTW, my sweet potato slips are starting to sprout, and should be ready for planting by the second week of May.

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Post  sanderson on 4/13/2020, 10:08 pm

Okay, you two. I still need an answer about how high does the MM need to be when planting in the beds with weed fabric or plywood as the bottoms. My guess is 10-12". ?? Not for me, because I love using totes.

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Post  OhioGardener on 4/14/2020, 8:37 am

@sanderson wrote:Okay, you two.  I still need an answer about how high does the MM need to be when planting in the beds with weed fabric or plywood as the bottoms.  My guess is 10-12".  ??  Not for me, because I love using totes.

My guess would be 10-12", too.  My beds are 18" deep, and there is no weed fabric, but when I dig sweet potatoes they are down to about 10" or so in the soil. If the bed were less than 10" deep, the potatoes would be cramped and probably would not fully develop.

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Post  MrBooker on 4/14/2020, 9:14 am

Last year I planted Sweet potato's in these 22"wide x 14" deep half barrels.  I filled the pots with about 12" of MM and planted 3 plants per pot which may have been a tad over kill.

 I would agree the 10-12 inches would be ok.
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Post  OhioGardener on 4/14/2020, 9:21 am

@MrBooker wrote:Last year I planted Sweet potato's in these 22"wide x 14" deep half barrels.  I filled the pots with about 12" of MM and planted 3 plants per pot which may have been a tad over kill.

That is interesting.  I planted them at the end of a raised bed which is 3.5' wide and I planted two slips about 6" from the out side edge on each side. So the two slips were about 2.5' feet apart. The vines drooped over the sides of the raised bed, and when I dug the potatoes they had totally taken over the end of the bed with huge potatoes.

A side note: I wonder if everyone knows that after sweet potatoes are dug they have to be "cured" before using them?

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