Sweet Potatoes

Aren’t sweet potato plants cool?  If you let them get on with their own thing - ie; growing, they are very dedicated to task.  This is what happens when their roaming stems root into the soil:

They form little sweet potatoes.  Actually in climates with longer periods of warmth than mine they probably form big sweet potatoes.  Fun aren’t they?

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26 Responses to Sweet Potatoes

  1. Bee Girl says:

    Sweet potatoes are very cool! I do hope to grow them one day…they are my favorite spud :-)

    • Liz says:

      You’ve got to try them then. They worked well for me, having said that I’ve only tried them once so hopefully this years will be equally easy.

  2. Mark Willis says:

    I don’t think they would do well in my garden – especially right now, since it is still cold and wet.

  3. I must try eating sweet potatoes – I have had them in meals in restaurants but never had one as a vegetable.

    • Liz says:

      I like them roasted, or in a pureed soup, or in curry best. They are also good mashed – an easy way to try them is add one to your potatoes when making mash and see what you think.

  4. Hi Liz,
    Those look so good-I wish our weather was better here so I could try to grow these here…

    • Liz says:

      There are always things that we’d love to grow but can’t aren’t there? I do feel grateful for Melbourne’s climate though.

  5. This is very cool. And all these posts from all my favorite bloggers about sweet potatoes, make me want to grow my own. I feel hesitant, though, for some reason. Maybe next year my garden will be bigger. Maybe next year, I will plant sweet potatoes. And potatoes.

    Great post. And a great picture.

    • Liz says:

      I found them really, really easy to grow. Once they are in the ground they just get on with it. Ideal plants really.

  6. Louise says:

    Oh very nice! They ARE cool. Just sitting there getting on with it.

    I have heard that sweet potatoes are actually lower GI than normal potatoes, that’s weird isn’t it?

  7. Julie says:

    Very cool! I can’t wait to see how my first sweet potato harvest turns out.

  8. They are much more fun in your garden than the once we have in the stores…:)

  9. VP says:

    Buried treasure :)

    Your beetroot and mint salad was lovely – thank you for the recipe

    Also thanks for alerting me to that link. You’re right it’s a feed scraper site. Unfortunately the detective trail went cold when I tried to find a email address for the IP. It’s a WordPress.org site, so I can’t ask WordPress to take it down :(

    • Liz says:

      Glad you enjoyed the salad. That is really annoying that WordPress can’t take it down. I find those feed scraper sites very odd – I don’t quite get the point I guess, its not like they were selling ads on it or anything.

  10. Nina says:

    Yeah, they are great (I’m going to give them another go – one day) and how fantastic is your soil!! It looks almost good enough to eat! I find it fascinating how we really can change the profile of our soil by adding mulches and compost and other humus to our gardens. My soil tends to be sticky (not quite clay, but almost) when wet. The difference to the areas I have worked for a while compared to new ones, is really distinct.

    Does your soil look like that generally or is it because you have improved it a lot?

    • Liz says:

      I have put quite a bit of both manure and compost into this area. I pulled out some old perennials from this area so it was pretty depleted prior to the work. Underneath it all my soil is clay.

  11. Sweet potatoes in Melbourne, you do like to buck a trend! They do look pretty fantastic though.

    • Liz says:

      They grew really easily so I’m really not sure why they’re not grown more often – they are quite cheap in the shops so perhaps thats why.

  12. Rebecca says:

    What fun. I just might try this next. I’ll have more space since I’m planning on scaling back the tomatoes a bit next year.

  13. YMC says:

    The Japanese sweet potatoes are the best. They taste like chestnuts when cooked and is suppose to help cure all kinds of ailments like diabetes. I find it hard to find them in Melbourne though.

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