Planting Sweet PotatoesWednesday, July 15, 2009
I recall an interesting idea from Avis on a sweet potato vine project. I thought it was very fascinating and I was inspired to do a similar experiment.When I bought four sweet potatoes from a peddlar, who is a farmer herself, she recommended her way of planting i.e. by placing the sweet potato about an inch into the soil.
So I tried her way as I know that I could still plant using Avis' method later if this one fails. I placed two sweet potatoes into the same container which I had sown some daisy seeds earlier. The young daisy shoots were unfortunately all eaten up by tiny snails that were in the soil. I subsequently managed to pick out four tiny snails from this container!
This time round, when I planted these two sweet potatoes, I took some precautions. I dropped some crushed egg shells around the sweet potatoes to act as barriers. I read from somewhere that snails do not crawl on egg shells as their soft tissues would be injured by the sharp shells.
Avis, here is my progress report... after three weeks in the soil, some shoots have begun to grow.
Btw these are purple sweet potatoes. I planted two and cooked the other two... they tasted sweet and nice :-)
Now I am looking forward to seeing the flowers and foliages' shape and colours. I have no idea how they would look like. If those young shoots continue to grow well, I would be able to post later ;-)