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The great sweet potato harvest of 2010

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Anna decided it was time to check on the sweet potatoes and discovered that we have some huge tubers!

I'm guessing this year's harvest is bigger than all our other sweet potato years combined.

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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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And we've still got 20% in the ground to be dug tomorrow!

I was so proud of my harvest that I left the wheelbarrow where Mark had to almost trip on it coming home from the post office. Now I understand why cats leave those dead mice where you're sure to see them....

"Those are huge sweet potatoes!" Mark exclaimed before he even made it in the door. I could care less if Mark notices a new haircut, but I figure a husband who comments on my awesome sweet potatoes is a keeper. :-)

Comment by anna Mon Sep 20 19:31:49 2010

Very cool! How do you store them?

We have a very mild climate, so we just leave them growing year-round and harvest as we want them.

Comment by Darren (Green Change) Tue Sep 21 01:51:42 2010

Wow! I didn't realize you were so tropical! I hope you'll write more on your blog sometime about what you can and can't grow in such a warm setting.

We have to bring ours in because frost kills the vines and makes the tubers prone to rotting. We just store them on a shelf in the kitchen, though --- they seem to like room temperature conditions and not to need excess humidity the way white potatoes do.

Comment by anna Tue Sep 21 07:25:29 2010
What a good picture of Anna, and you look so happy!
Comment by maggie Tue Sep 21 14:24:29 2010
How could I not be happy with so many sweet potatoes?! :-)
Comment by anna Tue Sep 21 15:03:17 2010

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