My son helped me dig sweet potatoes on Sunday evening. What a great event!!!
I have to admit that to get my 18 year old into the garden, I had to trade for something he was interested in – $$. Since he currently doesn’t have a job, but wants cash, I offered him the rate he got at his most recent job. Anyway, he got the garden fork and started in on the bed as I ripped out the vines.
My sweet potato bed was about 4 by 4 feet. Located just east of my popcorn (that failed this year 🙁 ), its was bit shaded, and the vines had grown up and into the corn stalks. Its my first attempt at growing sweet potatoes and I was nervous.
Underground crops are such a suspense. I may have been holding my breath as we started. But with my son’s first digs, he turned up beautiful orange, red and white tubers. And as I pulled the vines, lots of tubers came up attached to the plants. Wow! What a nice crop. My final weighing said 8 pounds of sweets. A good size bucket full.
One of the best parts was when my son said “I’m finished. I’ve got all of them.” I asked if he would double dig just to make sure he found all of them. He said he had been double digging and they weren’t any more. So I offered him a dollar for any additional ones he could find. His eyes lit up and he went back to digging. I tended the basil, weeded here and there, picked the pumpkins, and he dug. He kept announcing “Here’s another!” … “One more”. Eventually, he earned another $15 and I finished the rest of my garden work with great company.
There is something very exciting (or not) about underground crops. I was so excited to dig potatoes with my parents this year and they turned out horrible – eaten by voles. Who would know. The leaves look great, but what'[s underneath?
The sweets we dug were all sizes and shapes. Tiny ones, big ones. Red, orange, white. Sunday evening I threw a few baby sweets in to roast. They were delicious. I started to peel them, but learned that baby sweets don’t need to be peeled. I’ve never had a baby sweet potato before.
So I have another basket for my larder. We love sweet potatoes! I am looking forward to enjoying all of them.
… click on the label below to see my past posts about sweet potatoes….