It happens every year. We plant a garden and decide that THIS year we'll keep all the weeds under control. That goes pretty well until it's time to start canning and freezing the harvest. Bam! I turn around and the weeds have taken over! At least we kept them at bay long enough to get a good harvest.
Here is a picture of me in my embarrassing weed patch:
Today, we dug the sweet potatoes. This was a very good year. I think I put out about 20 plants and got a whole wheel barrow full in return. Probably about 100#.
Which leads me on to tell you about the first year I ever grew sweet potatoes. I had never done it before, and knew next to nothing about them. I called the local greenhouse and asked if they would save me some of their plants. "How many?" the man asked. They had 2 kinds for sale, so I said, "50 of each." Oh, my! I planted them, kept them tilled and hilled and they were glorious to look at. So pretty! And then when I dug them, there were 500# of sweet potatoes! I gave most of them away.
Sweet potatoes, if you live in an amenable climate, are very easy to grow. They don't like to get their feet wet, so I always make a ridge and plant in the top of that, placing the plants ("slips") 18 inches apart. I only had to weed them twice. The vines, when they get going good, shade the ground nicely.
They must be dug before it frosts in the fall. They can just be stored in a box or basket in your kitchen, and will still be there (if you don't eat them all!) when spring comes, so you can start your own plants the next time.
Plant a few in some loose soil around the 1st of May in zone 5 and the slips will be ready to pull off and transplant at the end of May.
It's really too bad my husband doesn't like sweet potatoes. LOL. But I will sneak them into breads and make pies. He'll enjoy that.
OK ~ So guess what this next picture is of. No, it is not a group of dead Manatee babies. It is the cucumbers that got neglected! I had made plenty of pickles and given away lots and eaten lots. I had to move on to other things.