“Growing and Harvesting My Organic Sweet Potatoes!”

sweet in July growing in barrels

It’s Autumn when not only does nature paint the trees and landscapes with vivid and brilliant colors but it is also harvest time for all those pumpkins, squashes, and one of my favorite foods — Sweet potatoes!  They are such a healthy, delicious food that we decided to grow our own organic stash for this winter.

 Not only did I grow and love them for their taste but for the nutritional and health value. I use them throughout the winter for baked fries, making chips, roasted them in the oven and so many other ways. There are so many different varies and types of sweet potatoes such a deep orange jewels, orange garnet, purple and so on.

You can make so many recipes and wonderful, tasty dishes with them, they are just plain delicious, filled with many health benefits such as vitamins, minerals, anti-inflammatory, and contain beta carotenoids which are powerful antioxidants properties.

Some important reasons why you should love sweet potatoes:

  • That help prevent cancer
  • Strength our immune system
  • Anti-aging
  • Strengthen our eyesight

Some of the Amazing Nutritional Benefits from Sweet Potatoes

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Maganese
  • Copper
  • Potassium
  • Fiber Pantothenic acid
  • Vitamin B6, B3, B1, B2
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus

Some other good news

  • Recent research has shown that particularly when passing through our digestive tract, sweet potato cyanidins and peonidins and other color-related phytonutrients may be able to lower the potential health risk posed by heavy metals and oxygen radicals. They are also known to help lower blood pressure.
  • Even though sweet potatoes contain natural sugar and are naturally sweet-tasting the sugars are released slowly into the bloodstream.  This helps to ensure a balanced and regular source of energy, without the blood sugar spikes linked to fatigue and weight gain.

Besides all those benefits we love sweet potatoes and so we decided this year that we were going to grow our own organic sweet potatoes.

We started our organic sweet potatoes by growing slips on our window sills where they got plenty of light!

 

sweet potatoes growing on window sill

These are some of our sweet potatoes slips – one jar is purple slips the other is different types of orange breeds.

sweet slips

My husband is filling 3 good grade recycled barrels that we bought for $10 a piece and cut in half. We filled them with fermented compost consisting of leaves, horse, chicken, goat manure and organic vermiculite. We had 6 half barrels filled with about 5-6 plants in each. The purple sweet potatoes seem to die off to one or two plants per barrel, but most of the orange-red plants grew vigorously!

half barrels to grow sweet pototoes

 

The sweet potatoes plants in July!

sweet in July growing in barrels

Time for harvest! My husband pulled the long vines out and then dug up the sweet potatoes!

sweet potatoes digging up

These are some of the Orange-Red varieties -Beuregarde – Covington!  

sweet potatoes lying in grass

You can see that the purple (on the left) did not produce as many –  we are not sure why!

sweet potatoes lying grass 2

Now that we have harvest our sweet potatoes we have to cure them to store for winter. Curing them turns the starches into sugar,  sweetens the flavor, and helps seal and cuts or wounds that might have occurred while harvesting them. I have found even with curing it is best to use the wounded ones first. The simplest method I have found is to place the sweet potatoes in newspaper-lined boxes in a warm, well-ventilated room without 85 percent humidity for about a week to 10 day. We put ours beside our pellet stove and I put a pan of water inside the box, cover with a blanket that I remove for a day or so and put back on.  After curing we will store them in a our storage room where it the temperature is cool, dark, even temperature (suggested temperature is about 55-60 degrees), and well ventilated throughout the winter. 

What food have you grown yourself this year or what would you like to grow yourself? Have you ever tried growing your sweet potatoes and what were the results? Would love to hear your suggestions!

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8 thoughts on ““Growing and Harvesting My Organic Sweet Potatoes!””

  1. I love sweet potatoes, and growing them is a lot of fun. One year we found huge potatoes when we harvested, and one year we only found one potato. It was pretty disappointing! Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop!

    1. HI Jennifer,
      Glad to be part of Homestead Blog hop and thanks for reading my article and commenting. Have a healthy happy blessed day!

  2. Hi Marla,
    Seeing your sweet potatoes on the windowsill takes me back to my childhood garden. Thank you for sharing your awesome sweet potato growing process. I am so happy to see that you had a good harvest! It was so helpful to learn about the curing process as well.

    1. Hi Deborah,
      It was the first time we had grown sweet potatoes ourselves in barrels and it was a learning process but we were happy with the results. It whole process was enjoyable watching them grow from sprouts to the table. Have a healthy happy blessed weekend. Marla

  3. Oh, I would love to be able to grow sweet potatoes. We are confined to sprouts in a jar and microgreens on the windowsill. Your plants look lovely. Just for fun, I may invite the grandkids to help me start a sweet potato vine in the kitchen. Used to love doing that with my kids when they were little.

    1. Hi Kathryn,
      I am so glad we grew our own this year. That does sound like fun trying to grow a sweet potato vine in the kitchen. Thanks for reading my article and commenting. Have a healthy happy blessed weekend. Marla

    1. Thanks for reading my article and commenting and hopefully the tips will be helpful to you. Have a healthy happy blessed weekend. Marla

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