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Make your own sweet potato sugar

sweet potato startSome of the sweet potato starts graduated to outdoor living today. They might need some supplemental water for the first few days if they show signs of wilting.

If you're crazy about sweet potatoes then you might want to add the Tater Day festival to your calender for next year. It's the first Monday in April, and the only place in the world that honors the sweet potato with its own parade and celebration.

George Washington Carver did some interesting work with sweet potatoes back in the late 1930s. He figured out a way to make a corn syrup substitute that leaves behind a sweet potato sugar. The process can be done at home and the link has all the info.

This might be a good experiment to do in the fall.



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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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