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Post  pattipan on 9/23/2013, 2:17 pm

Harvested my Beauregard sweet potatoes this morning. I planted them in one corner of our 8" deep 4 x 8 box (6 squares/24 plants). I left empty squares along the inner squares. Tomatoes were along the North side of this box and peppers in the remaining square. The vines trailed through the peppers and up the trellis. Any vines that started growing out of the box into the aisles, I just doubled them back into the box. Not bad for 6 squares!



There's a 12 ruler on the upper left to give you an idea of size. The top row taters are large enough for my hubby & I to share! The second one from the left was growing straight up and down and had worked its way under the box.

Did I mention how nice it is to harvest sweet potatoes from Mel's Mix?

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Re: Beautiful Beauregards!

Post  sanderson on 9/23/2013, 2:59 pm

Wow! I'm impressed.
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Re: Beautiful Beauregards!

Post  Windsor.Parker on 9/23/2013, 3:18 pm

Wow pattipan, those look delicious. Congratulations!
I must remember to save some squares next Spring.
Thanks for posting.
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Re: Beautiful Beauregards!

Post  CapeCoddess on 9/23/2013, 3:33 pm

NICE, pattipan! I am very interested in growing sweet potatoes and I see you have the same zone as I do.  When did you plant?  Did you buy seed potatoes or were they from the grocery store?  

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Re: Beautiful Beauregards!

Post  pattipan on 9/23/2013, 3:57 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:NICE, pattipan! I am very interested in growing sweet potatoes and I see you have the same zone as I do.  When did you plant?  Did you buy seed potatoes or were they from the grocery store?  

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I planted them around May 19. I bought slips/plants from http://www.tatorman.com/ I live in a rural area so ordering them online is easier. They ship for your zone. The slips look a little wilted when you get them, but you just put them in a jar of water for a day and they perk right up.

I tried Vardeman's the last two years since they have the shorter vines. The yield and size was disappointing. This year I tried the Beauregards instead and they did SO much better. Thus my excitement. Smile

I went back to look at my receipt and discovered I only had ordered 12 plants, not 24, so the harvest is even better than I thought! There has usually been 4 or 5 extra smallish plants in the shipping. So some squares had 2 plants and some had 3.

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Re: Beautiful Beauregards!

Post  walshevak on 9/23/2013, 4:31 pm

I bought Bonnie Plants starts from Home Depot.  Planted 4 in Wilmington and 5 at my house in the cement mixing tubs first week of May. Vines went nuts (see pic) and  spread over into the second tub after I harvested my garlic in late June.  I had to pull the vines off the ground and onto the pallet and twine around among the pepper buckets.



My harvest in early Sep.


1/2 pint jar of 7 pepper hot sauce for size comparison. They are also Beauregards which is the sweet potato of choice here in NC.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 9/23/2013, 4:33 pm

This is great info. Thanks, folks!  Do any of you eat the skins?

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Re: Beautiful Beauregards!

Post  pattipan on 9/23/2013, 4:49 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Do you eat the skins?

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No. My dad used to, but most folks do not eat the skins. My favorite way to make them is baked right in the skins. Slice open, add maple syrup and/or brown sugar and butter -- scoop and eat.

I do wash them before eating, though. I took that photo just after harvest so there is still some soil clinging to them. I let them dry a bit and almost all the soil falls off. They will need to cure now for two weeks (that's about as long as I can stand to wait!) for the skins to toughen up and for the sugars to develop.

To cure them I pack them warm from the sun in a ventilated box in single layers separated by newsprint. I set them outside in the sun during the day (if it's sunny) and bring them back in at night. They are usually still warm in the morning. I don't have a warm 85 degree place like many sites recommend. So this has worked well for me. When they are done curing I will take them out and clean them up a bit more with a soft brush. Repack with newsprint in box and keep in a dark closet.

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Re: Beautiful Beauregards!

Post  pattipan on 9/23/2013, 5:27 pm

Here's my Beauregard vines just before harvest. You can't even tell it's a 4 x 8 box, except that you can see the trellises in the back. I let them vine through the peppers and weekly it seemed I was picking them up out of the aisles. If I didn't they tried to take root in the mulch. I get so many comments from passers by on my SFG and folks couldn't believe I had sweet potatoes growing on top the ground.



As you can see I have a few tomatoes still hanging on almost leafless vines. I am trying to let them get as red as possible before I pick them. Nights are getting much cooler here in the mountains, but no frost in the forecast yet!

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Re: Beautiful Beauregards!

Post  cheyannarach on 9/23/2013, 6:18 pm

WOWZERS!!  Awesome harvest!!  When did you plant them?  I love the picture of the vines, I tried them last year but between the cutworms and my kids, they never really took off, then my kids picked them when they were all about the size of my pinky finger... 
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Post  camprn on 9/23/2013, 7:51 pm

Wonderful harvest! I didn't plant any third year. Did you know the leaves are also edible?

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Re: Beautiful Beauregards!

Post  Lindacol on 9/23/2013, 8:31 pm

I didn't plant any this year but have volunteers - apparently didn't find all of them last fall. I think mine are also Beauregards at least that is what they look like (originally from a store bought sweet potato). They have taken over most of my 4 x 8 bed in my avatar. Harvesting here is probably a month away
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Post  littlejo on 9/23/2013, 9:25 pm

Very good harvest! I have some planted, several different kinds, don't have a pic of any of them. My favorite is the one from the grocery, which I guess may be beauregard. I have at least a month til harvest. I have 1 sw potato left from last yr, so may have to harvest early!
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Post  Turan on 9/24/2013, 2:28 pm

I love the skins! Favorite part really.

When you guys use grocery store sweet potatoes for starts are they organic? I ask because I thought the non organic would have been sprayed with a sprout inhibitor. It is a lot easier to find non organic sweet potatoes here. I just brought in the peppers and citrus tree for the winter. Don't you think a sweet potato vine would dress up the living room? santa 

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Post  littlejo on 9/24/2013, 3:54 pm

I guess they may be organic? Sw. potatoes are not normally sprayed to inhibit sprouting, most wh. potatoes here will sprout too.

If you have a big enough pot, you could grow some in the house. But, do not fertilize them or they may die, for they don't like too good of soil. Mine bloom at the end of the season, so may be pretty as a house plant.
What kind of citrus do you have? I have an orange tree, finally.
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Re: Beautiful Beauregards!

Post  Dunkinjean on 9/24/2013, 8:48 pm

I have been thinking about growing sweet potatoes next spring. Your harvest certainly gives me encouragement!!Very Happy
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