March 28, 2012
The first thing I need to do is cut the long shoots off the sweet potatoes. The potatoes are 2 years old, they were my crop from 2010. Using a standard nursery pot I filled it about half full with sand. I then placed the potatoes in the pot. Covered them with sand. The pot was placed in the cold frame. If we have a cold night, I can close the cold frame and they will be protected from freezing. The pot needs to be kept moist. Do not let it dry out.
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Keep the pot moist.
Protect from frost and freezing.
I check my pot everyday to see if a plant is showing thru the sand.
Patience, they will come.
May 4, 2012 I will start slipping next week. I will only plant one bed of sweet potatoes so I will only need about 12 plants. Last year we had a serious mole problem, I will pot a few extra for the moles.
May, 24, 2012 There are good roots on the plants I potted and I am going to plant them in the garden.
I will be putting in all of my plants today and tomorrow. The mother plant is busy making little ones and I will take the mother out of the soil. Weeding and feeding the plant is what I will be doing now until fall when it is time to dig the sweet potatoes. You do need to dig before the frost. Allow them to lay on the ground to cure. I will post in the fall so you can see if this was a good year or I need to do something different.
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