We kept a single sweet potato from last season as our stock for sweet potato slips for this season. I got them planted in the garden way late, and it definitely affected our yield. We only got about 15 pounds, which I am happy about because it’s a decent amount of food, but we should have gotten much more for the amount of space we had planted.
This single mama sweet potato, though, just wouldn’t give up. After we pulled off the initial slips, I was going to toss her on the compost pile. Charlie developed a fondness for her, though, so he stuck her in an unused planter with soil. This sweet potato kept producing more and more slips that we would pluck off and plant in our sweet potato bed. I think only the earliest planting produced anything substantial, but that’s most likely due to the longer growing time they had.
The mother sweet potato kept growing vines all season. When it finally came time to pull up the sweet potatoes and clean up the garden, I pulled up mama sweet potato, too. Guess what? She’d produced ANOTHER sweet potato in the little planter where she was growing.
Thank you, mama sweet potato. You served us well.