one potato, two potato

An evil smell from the back of the pantry led us to find that the potatoes stored in the wooden vegetable box had gone to compost. The hot weather makes it difficult to keep anything that is not refrigerated for long. I volunteered Mr FD and Son to clean up the mess, but not before rescuing two sweet potatoes that had bravely sent forth long sprouts to discover the world.

sweet potato

Next day I cut the sweet potato, or kumara as they are becoming more commonly called in Australia recently, into smaller pieces, each with a sprout or two. I took these up to the garden terrace behind the house and planted them not far from our fruit trees.

I don’t know if it is the season to plant sweet potato or not, but the gift was there, the garden prepared and so if any of the six plants prosper we may have a small crop of  organic sweet potato.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained and nothing truly wasted either!

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14 thoughts on “one potato, two potato

  1. Our experience having grown sweet potatoes commercially for many years is that you can plant them at any time of the year, but you will get better harvests from vines planted April to December,
    Harvest orange varieties 4-5 months after planting and white varieties 5-6 months. If you plant into a large mound you get twice the yield compared to planting into a flat garden bed.

    • Thanks GOF – I planted into a raised bed, though not a mound. Something to remember for next time! It was the orange variety – guess I just made the December cut off! The bed backs onto the council land behind us which abounds with wildlife so I hope the poor plants don’t become a snack for a kangaroo or wallaby! There is just a barbed wire fence there, a very old barbed wire fence, one day I would love to build a more solid garden wall.

  2. Kumara… an interesting name– from the Maori of New Zealand, yes?
    I always thought an alternate name was better, as sweet potatoes aren’t related to potatoes at all; they’re starchy taproots, not tubers. Apparently they have amounts of beta carotene comparable to carrots, too.

  3. Sounds like it might be a very tasty experiment. I don’t know anything about sweet potatoes, other than that I like them!

  4. When I discover I’ve let one spout here I often pop it into water and grow in the window, just for the foliage.
    They are pretty plants.
    Wish I had more proper garden space to try growing them for real.

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