Friday, July 31, 2009

Sweet Potatoes as Ground Cover and Food

In early May, our side yard was covered in mulch. Hence the name "Mulch Manor." Then we planted sweet potato vines. The leaves are pretty (we have three different colors) and it's edible. We had the space for the vines to crawl all about, which, they are happily doing, as you can see.
Denise said to dig up the potatoes in the fall, which, in our area, is about late October. But I'm so excited about growing my own sweet potatoes that I couldn't wait and just had to "peek" even though it's only the end of July. What I dug up from one vine is pictured on the right. I've never dug a potato in my life. Makes me feel like a real farmer!