Here are six great tips for planting sweet potatoes in home vegetable gardens to ensure your success!
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A long hot season is required when growing sweet potatoes. In fact, no other vegetables are as heat tolerant as the sweet potato plant.
This warm season vegetable crops should be planted in a minimum soil temperature of 60 degrees F although the ideal is 85 degrees F.
The perennial tuber is a relative of the morning glory. The plants resemble tropical vines with colorful pink to purple flowers.
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• 1. Plant seed potatoes 2 to 3 inches deep.
• 2. Spacing of sweet potato plants should be 36 to 48 inches between rows.
• 3. Space potatoes 10 to 18 inches apart.
• 4. Leave growing sweet potatoes in hills spaced at 36 inches.
• 5. Other long cycle root vegetables such as beets, parsnips, and salsify make good companion plantings for growing sweet potatoes.
• 6. Avoid using high-nitrogen fertilizers, which result in lush foliage but poorly developed spuds.
Many seasoned gardeners have believed through the ages that vegetables should be planted during specific moon phases for best flavor and growth.
For example, the New Zealand Maori culture only begins growing sweet potatoes on the 11th, 27th, and 28th days of the lunar month.
The moon influences all water on Earth; from the tides of the oceans to the movement of water in plants' cells.
A widespread belief among successful planters is that vegetables grown underground, such as sweet potatoes, should be planted in the dark of the moon, when it is waning.
This may sound superstitious; but following practical advice has been tried, tested, and works is not necessarily believing in superstition, but using common sense!
Growing sweet potatoes is an excellent source for providing vitamin A and C to your family.
Sweet potatoes can be baked, boiled, steamed, mashed, made into holiday pies, or even sliced for making delicious home fries.
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