Planting Sweet Potatoes

I planted some sweet potato plants yesterday that I had ordered from Shumway’s.  I’m a newbie at planting sweet potatoes.  I tried last year, but the rabbits or groundhogs mowed them down before they had much of a chance to grow…hence the newly fortified fence around the garden.

Planting sweet potatoes is much different than planting ordinary potatoes.  They come as plants rather than seeds or sets.  The plants look a bit rugged, and the leaves can be smelly and slimy.  Just hold your nose as you plant them.

    • Make a ridge about 8-12 inches high.  The height gives the potato room to grow.
    • Make a pilot hole in the ridge with a stick or peg.
    • Insert the plant root into the hole.
    • Pour some water in the plant hole and firm up the soil around the plant.
    • Place plants 10-18 inches apart.
    • If you’re planting more than one row or ridge, keep them about 3 feet apart. These plants will spread.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed and the garden gate shut in hopes that the sweet potatoes will be a success this year.

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2 thoughts on “Planting Sweet Potatoes

  1. I love reading about all you do in your garden.Keep your blog coming. Can’t wait to read what your doing. From some of your pictures you must have a helper?Kay

    • I’m so glad you enjoy the blog, Kay. I have to give a lot of credit to my “helper”. Thank goodness he knows how to build vegetable cages and rabbit-proof fences!

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