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Post  sanderson on 7/22/2017, 7:38 pm

Thank you for your patience.  I only have the side-by-side freezer so canning is best for me space wise.  When I get home to my PC I will do a little forum search and see if my questions have already been answered.

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Post  yolos on 10/1/2017, 8:32 pm

Finally had a chance to get back in the garden today.  I harvested my 4 Beauregard Sweet Potato plants today.  I planted them on 5/2.  I  could have waited a few more weeks before harvesting but I have found if I wait too long they get too big.  I prefer the taters to be medium size so I usually harvest a few weeks early.  This is the harvest from 4 plants.  I still have quite a few volunteer sweet potatoes growing throughout the garden that I will harvest later.
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 10/2/2017, 8:53 am

Beautiful sweet potatoes: great job, yolos!
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Post  brianj555 on 10/2/2017, 9:17 am

yolos wrote:Finally had a chance to get back in the garden today.  I harvested my 4 Beauregard Sweet Potato plants today.  I planted them on 5/2.  I  could have waited a few more weeks before harvesting but I have found if I wait too long they get too big.  I prefer the taters to be medium size so I usually harvest a few weeks early.  This is the harvest from 4 plants.  I still have quite a few volunteer sweet potatoes growing throughout the garden that I will harvest later.
That's great.  How much space/many squares did the 4 plants take up and how deep are the beds you grew them in?
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Post  sanderson on 10/2/2017, 4:04 pm

BeetlesPerSqFt wrote:Beautiful sweet potatoes: great job, yolos!
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Post  yolos on 10/10/2017, 8:37 pm

The end of my summer harvest.  The Sweet Potatoes I am letting cure in my living room.  The other three boxes are cowpeas - Pinkeye Purple Hull Cowpea, White Acre Cowpea, Lady Cowpea.  I usually harvest them fresh from the vine but things got in the way this summer and I just let them sit on the vine until they were dried.  I harvested them just before the rains from Nate (5 inches) hit our area.  I have them sitting in my living room waiting  until they are completely dry and I will then shell them, cook them, and then freeze the cooked peas in Foodsaver Bags.

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Post  countrynaturals on 10/10/2017, 8:46 pm

yolos wrote:The end of my summer harvest.  The Sweet Potatoes I am letting cure in my living room.  The other three boxes are cowpeas - Pinkeye Purple Hull Cowpea, White Acre Cowpea, Lady Cowpea.  I usually harvest them fresh from the vine but things got in the way this summer and I just let them sit on the vine until they were dried.  I harvested them just before the rains from Nate (5 inches) hit our area.  I have them sitting in my living room waiting  until they are completely dry and I will then shell them, cook them, and then freeze the cooked peas in Foodsaver Bags.

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Post  sanderson on 10/13/2017, 2:54 am

Me too! Yolos, are these what I would consider as black-eyed peas?

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Post  trolleydriver on 10/13/2017, 9:38 am

sanderson wrote:Me too!  Yolos, are these what I would consider as black-eyed peas?
Yes yolos, that is quite the haul you have there.

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Post  yolos on 10/14/2017, 12:50 am

sanderson wrote:Me too!  Yolos, are these what I would consider as black-eyed peas?
No they are not black eyed peas but they are very similar.  Southern growers that I know mostly think black eyed peas are the bottom of the barrel.  But the Black eyed peas are considered Southern Cowpeas.  Most all gardeners I talk to do not grow the black eyed peas but prefer Pinkeye Purple Hull cowpeas.  Last year I also started growing Lady cowpeas and White Acre cowpeas.  

If you try the Pinkeye Purple Hull cowpeas then the best variety to get is Top Pick.  Top Pick do not have long runners and the peas set pretty much on the top of the plant.  I have heard that Quick Pick are similar to the Top Pick but I have not grown the Quick Pick.  I still have some 2015 Top Pick Pinkeye Purple Hull cowpeas if anyone in a long warm climate would like to try them.  I hope they are still viable.  They sprouted real well this summer so I suppose they are still viable.

Here is a picture of my Top Pick Pinkeye Purple Hull cowpeas growing in the garden.


Here is what a mess of fresh Pinkeye Purple Hull peas look like.


This year my garden got away from me and I only harvested a few dinners of the fresh peas.  This year the harvest was predominately dried peas (see below).
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Post  sanderson on 10/14/2017, 3:12 am

They look like bush rather than trellis?? Would a 2' x 4' box work, or two 2' x 4' boxes? Planted 9/sq? I would love to try them. Is there anything you would like in exchange or postage cost at least?

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