How sweet it is: tips for growing sweet potatoes
Very often what grows in a garden are those fruits and vegetables we enjoy eating. Though, sometimes our gardens may exceed our appetites. After growing fifteen kale plants last year, my family determined we probably could live off of two. And ten cherry tomato bushes were nine too many. One vegetable my family does enjoy regularly is the sweet potato. Baked, boiled, or fried – sweet potatoes are used more often than potatoes in my home, making it a good candidate for the garden. Let’s examine what it takes to grow sweet potatoes in our Central Illinois climate.
Sweet potato (Ipomea batatas) is a tender vegetable native to Central and South America that requires a long frost-free growing season to mature. Sweet potatoes are not true potatoes. What is harvested from the sweet potato is a tuberous root, as opposed to a white potato, which is a tuber.