Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sweet Potatoes

Ms. Monica gave us two sweet potato sprouts earlier this year, and we planted them in a corner of our yard. I didn't expect them to spread the way they did! They slipped through the fence and covered the corner of the supplementary side as well as the original side. 

The kids harvesting after we cleared all the vines and leaves away.

Snails were our enemy in this endeavor. Someone else who had sweet potatoes planted said they also had snails, but their ducks took care of the problem. Hmmm, we don't have ducks. Next time we'll have to find something to keep them away; they were all over the leaves and vines and sweet potatoes themselves. They also ate our cantaloupe that Ms. Monica had given us to plant. We had two nice cantaloupes growing and they were totally eaten up. 

Anyway, we also had some problem with our soil. It's very clay-like and tough. I might plant them in several pots next time with store-bought soil.

Despite the problems, we harvested some nice sweet potatoes. 
Very exciting to see what all you can get out of two sweet potato sprouts! 

The potatoes didn't seem as orange as what we buy from the store. They also would "bleed" this white sap when you cut them up ~ maybe they were too raw? I cooked them and ate them and nothing bad happened, so I guess it was okay. 

 Ms. Monica had shared with us from her harvest, and we also shared some of ours with her. It was hard to find others in the neighborhood who appreciate them though. :-) Maybe not everyone is so enthralled with yams.

A very 12-year-old-boy picture. 
Camo pants, headphones, editing a video of a gun he drew on the computer.

Liz took these sunset pictures with her new camera. 
I don't know why I love that water tower so much, but I really do.

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