Over the Fence Urban Farm

A Harvest Worth Waiting For: Sweet Potatoes

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Melissa.

Melissa.

Sweet potatoes are a long-term commitment.

(Like garlic which we are actively working on getting in the ground so we can reap the reward eight months from now…)

Early in the season our dear friend and CSA member Melissa suggested the idea of an x-ray machine that would allow us to see below the surface, to see the sweet potato tubers growing. I loved that idea and referenced it over and over in my mind and in conversation. Last week I broke down and pulled the soil from atop one of our 25 plants. The results were totally amazing. tubers that measured over a foot in length and weighed over 5 lbs.

Getting the rest of the crop out of the ground the past few days has been like digging for buried treasure. Now, the long wait ’til they are cured, sweetened by time (and some ambient heat and humidity in the basement next door), and ready to eat. You can be sure these will be part of our Thanksgiving feast.

Early June. Sweet potatoes were in the row to the right with the black plastic.

Early June. Sweet potatoes were in the row to the right with the black plastic.

Field pre-harvest.

Pre-harvest. (Since June sweet potatoes moved north and south taking over where carrots (to the left/north) and garlic (to the right/south) were.

Post-harvest.

Post-harvest.

Jodi.

Jodi.

Pam.

Pam.

Potato Fork.

Potato Fork.

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