So, after Stage One of the Sweet Potato Harvest last week, today was time for stage two – mum’s sunny patio.
This is the second year mum has grown sweet potatoes in this sunny spot, and although the foliage was fairly small, there was a good harvest of potatoes to be had.
That little lot weighed in at 1.6kg, which is twice as many as I got from my row at the plot. The interesting thing about this is that mum’s sweet potatoes were grown in a bag, taking up a lot less space than I did on the allotment.
These plants weren’t given any liquid feed, only water, and there were lots of little ones in the bottom that hadn’t grown. Post-harvest discussions ensued, and we decided that next year we’d give the plants a feed from time to time in the hope of turning the little ‘uns into edible sized potatoes. If we had shown the plants some more love during 2011, I reckon we might have had a third more potatoes to show for our efforts.
I’m still going to try them on the plot next year, as the foliage is very attractive and I enjoy seeing the verdant leaves in amongst my other veg. However, I’m contemplating covering the ground with fleece or black tarpaulin and growing the plants through. I have a couple of AcryliCloche® too which I may sit over the plants, and hopefully, raise the temperature that a key couple of degrees.