- Make sure you provide adequate space for your potatoes, the vines are very vigorous growers.
- The leaves and young shoots of the sweet potato vines are edible. They can be added to a stir fry recipe or a mixed salad (haven't tried this yet).
- Once harvested, let them air dry, out of the sun for a couple of hours. Then move them to a basket or box, lined with newspaper. Store in a cool, well ventilated area. Allow to cure for 7 to 10 days, this allows the skins to toughen and ensures a longer shelf life. They usually keep for a couple of months.
- Sweet potatoes are considered one of the "super foods" of the decade. Here's more detailed information on the nutritional value of this easy to grow root vegetable. This year we'll try planting our potatoes in grow bags to free up some much needed garden space. I'd like to try a few different varieties too, maybe some red and purple potatoes. We will let you know how that goes.
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