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Biggest sweet potato?

biggest sweet potato ever?

Big, big, really big sweet potatoes this year, bigger than those big ones from 2010.

In part due to having almost zero deer damage this year.

We actually might have a few extra that will need to find a home.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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BIG sweet potatoes! They look great!

I've been trying to get sweet potatoes in the ground for the past 2 years. The first year they did nothing and I was assured that they do great in bad soil. Well they don't. This year I was up in a trailer park while my husband had surgery and didn't have a pot to plant in (ha! ha!).

Hopefully next spring I will be able to plant the slips I will grow starting in February. I love sweet potatoes.

Comment by Mona Wed Sep 5 14:13:15 2012

Mona --- I've found that sweet potatoes are pickier than people give them credit for. They don't like heavy soil, can't handle being defoliated by deer repeatedly (but who can?), and hate even a hint of shade. If you get those things figured out, though, sweet potatoes become a plant-it-and-forget-it crop.

Here's hoping 2013 is the year of the sweet potato for you!

Comment by anna Wed Sep 5 14:56:55 2012
Well I guess we know what makes Anna smile - BIG SWEET POTATOES!
Comment by Everett Thu Sep 6 09:18:00 2012
Everett --- I don't know what it is about huge sweet potatoes --- we don't even eat that many and small ones are easier to chop. But they do cheer me right up. :-)
Comment by anna Thu Sep 6 14:28:38 2012

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