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Sweet potato time

The chill in the air borders on frosty lately, which means our garden is about to go dormant for the winter. Actually, that’s a bit of an overstatement.

Our gardening mentor Steve told us the other day that our radishes, turnips and carrots will be safe in the ground for quite a while longer. If we lay down some straw with the carrots in December, we could even wait to harvest them until January or February. What a delight garden fresh veggies will be in the darkest period of winter!

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Our sweet potatoes, however, Steve said, had to come out. And so we pulled back the rings of vines that had created a beautiful green crown around our cedar stump all summer. As Steve predicted, there was treasure buried in the dirt we’d mounded around the stump — swollen, edible roots. The sweet potatoes we dug up with our bare hands came in all shapes and sizes. Some were round and fat; others with long and skinny; some have crooked necks like a summer squash.

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We don’t have a scale, but we estimate we hauled about 25 pounds of sweet potatoes out of the dirt. I can’t wait to eat them roasted and salted or mashed, or maybe I’ll learn to make a sweet potato pie. If you know a good recipe, please send it!

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About crystalwayward

I live with two formerly wayward dogs. I care deeply about the environment, and I think gardening is a revolutionary act.

Posted on October 21, 2011, in Gardening, Projects and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Yum! I love sweet potatoes! You’ll have to share some recipes because I don’t have any for SP besides sweet potato casserole or sweet potatoes with ketchup on top. Yep, one sweet and one salty. I am deprived of sweet potato variety.

  2. I have never been a fan of sweet potatoes until I tossed them in balsamic vinegar, olive oil, rosemary and thyme and roasted them in the oven. Good eatin’!

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