Survival Gardening–Tuber Time – 2


Sweet potatoes harvested in 2009


            I wasn’t as successful with my sweet potato harvest this year as in past years.  Perhaps it’s because we had a cooler, wetter summer than usual where I live.  I grew sweet potatoes in eight grow bags, but only four produced anything for me.  When I emptied the unproductive bags, the soil was much wetter than I expected, considering I made an effort to let them dry out and not over water them.  Sweet potatoes can handle more dry conditions than you might think.


            I also had sweet potatoes in four buckets of soil mix.  Only one didn’t do so well because I didn’t do a good job of preparing the soil in that one.  That’s because putting the plant there was an afterthought when something else didn’t come up.  As a result, that plant got a late start.  It still produced a small tuber though.


            Though I don’t have any football-sized sweet potatoes like I did one year, I’ve at least got some, for which I’m thankful.  They’ll taste just as good as if there were twice as many.


I’m saving back a couple plants in cups of water and hope I can keep them over winter as houseplants until next spring.  It may be all in vain because, once they start putting out leaves and can be potted up, I’ve got to figure out how to keep my cats out of them!  Oh well, I have to try it anyway.  It’s a gardener thing.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.