Sweet Potato Planting Workshop

 

 

For the fourth year in partnership with the Squash Blossom Food Cooperative, Food Not Lawns is offering KState Organic sweet potato slips.

This year we have 3 varieties available:

Beauregard          orange skin and flesh

NC Japanese        purple skin white flesh — great for fries and mashing.

O’Henry                white skin and flesh — great for fries and mashing

$2.50/doz plus .50 donation to Food Not Lawns Kansas City for website expenses.

Pick up slips at:

Troost Village Sweet Potato planting workshop Saturday June 18th 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM. Learn how to plant, grow, harvest and store your sweet potatoes.

Troost Village Community Garden Linewood & Troost

Sweet potatoes will save are asses some day. Highly nutritious, easy to grow and they can be stored for over a year. Sweet potatoes contain 8-14% sugars, 1-4% protein, 20-26% starch, vitamins A and C. They grow underground and are safe from garden marauders. And the greens are tasty cooked like spinach.

Thanks to research by Ted Cary and others at K State Extention we have identified varieties well suited for our region.

What makes sweet potatoes so appealing for a Food Not Lawns perspective is their usefulness in lawn eradication and edible landscaping. The beautiful vines form a dense matt that cools the soil and provides a living mulch for large areas. They can be grown in front yards and public spaces without offending lawn enthusiasts.

Planting tips from MU Extension bulletin G6368, Growing Sweet Potatoes in Missouri:http://extension.missouri.edu/publications/DisplayPub.aspx?P=G6368 

Plants (slips) are planted three to four nodes deep (3 to 4 inches deep), 9 to 18 inches between plants in rows 36 to 48 inches apart

Make sure that there is good soil moisture and use starter fertilizer solution or water after transplanting. The wider the spacing between plants, the faster the sweet potatoes grow or “size up”.

 Sweet potatoes should be planted on ridges or raised beds (6 to 9 inches high). Raised beds aid in root development and improve soil drainage and aeration.

 Sweet potatoes do not tolerate waterlogged soils. Avoid planting in fields that were previously in sod because this could result in significant white grub and wireworm problems in the sweet potato planting. Check for these pests and grow daikon radish as a summer cover crop if they are present.

 Soils that are high in organic matter may not produce quality sweet potatoes.

You can create a polyculture patch by adding native flowers and grasses around your sweet potato beds. This will increase diversity and bring in beneficial insects and birds.   

 Sweet potatoes should be rotated with a cover crop to prevent pest buildup.

Let’s create a sweet potato Paradise Garden in Kansas City

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