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Sweet Potatoes
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Randy    Posted 02-28-2002 at 13:06:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Folks: Does anyone know how to grow these in a garden? I'm in southwestern Ontario, Canada, about 60 miles north of Detroit Mich. on the Canadian side, at the south end of Lake Huron, a town called Sarnia, across from Port Huron, Mich., so you know what climate we have. Thanks.

RayP(MI)    Posted 03-05-2002 at 07:13:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Randy, tried to send you an email. Was kicked right back to me. Sure your address is right?
Anyway, I have raised sweet potatoes from slips bought from a seed catolog. Didn't have great luck with the slips survival wise, but those that did survive made us a nice mess of potatoes. I live in midMichigan - about half way between Saginaw and Muskegion. Our climate is probably cooler and summer somewhat shorter than yours.

Randy    Posted 03-05-2002 at 17:22:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I printed my address a little differently this time, so you can see if it works. Sweet potatoes are known as tropical, but it gets blazing hot here in the summer, and they are grown over near Niagara Falls/Hamilton area, so why not try?

Anna    Posted 03-02-2002 at 16:20:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Randy, you might want to post your question on, a Canadian website based in Alberta. I am from Saskatchewan and use that site a lot. Am certainly enjoying this one, we are weekend acreage folks, but having come from the farm originally, have the sense not to start putting up No Trespassing signs on the gate right away... Have a good day, everyone.

REDNECKMATT    Posted 03-02-2002 at 15:56:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
here in PA I start mine in a hot box put abought 10 potatoes in there then when they get sprouts abought 1 foot long I make hills and plant them abought 16 inches apart. I let the frost kill the vine then you can just pull the vines away with a rake then goto town digin them taters. I put out abought 80 to 100 plants a year off the ten taters in the hot box they just keep putting out sprouts till you can't stand to plant anymore.

Dan G/Soganofla    Posted 02-28-2002 at 20:47:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Randy, I don't know if you have enough growing season up there, or not. It won't cost anything to find out, though. Just cut the stem end off of a couple or three sweet taters, before you cook them. Keep them wet, like in a saucer of water, on the window sill, and they will sprout. Let the sprouts, called "slips", get about a foot long, and pick them off. Plant them in a "hill", heavy on humus, light on fertilizer, burying 2/3 to 3/4 of the slip, after all frost danger is past. Then comes the hard part...wait and see.

Now, this is the way we do it in the Deep South. It'll be fun to see if it works up there, too.

bob    Posted 02-28-2002 at 16:32:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
you buy the plants in late may or early june a and plant one to a hill i mound mine some what and then wait untill fall if it s going to frost cover or dig them as have hheard if frost they are not good don,t know but i abide by it .trouble is you have to usually buy dozen plants and don.t need that many 2 plants will raise all sweet potatos you will eat h hope this helps bob

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