30 Second Guide to Growing Sweet Potatoes

Posted July 7, 2017 by Lauren Dibble in Gardening / 0 Comments

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guide to growing sweet potatoes

In this series I’m compiling the quick and dirty info on growing specific vegetables. Just the basics. No fluff, no frills. When you’re sitting down in the late Winter, surrounded by seed catalogs, and your garden plan in front of you, you want a quick reference. How far apart can you plant? What pH do they need? How much water? What vegetables can you plant next to others? Which should you avoid?

This quick and dirty 30 second guide to Sweet Potatoes should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted a quick cheat sheet like this, so hopefully you’ll find it useful too!

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are another one of those low-maintenance, easy, and nutritious foods you can grow. It’s one of the best “bang for your buck” crops to grow.

Nutritionally, sweet potatoes are amazing. One cup of baked sweet potato contains 769% of your daily recommended Vitamin A! No – that wasn’t a typo. 769%!!

That same one cup contains 120mg Omega-6 fatty acids, 65% of your daily Vit C and 50% of your daily manganese.

One of the other important benefits of sweet potatoes, is the Choline they contain. Choline helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory.

Check out my go-to recipe for sweet potato fries. And then one of my favorite freezer-friendly crockpot meals calls for chicken thighs and sweet potatoes.

If you’re growing Sweet Potatoes this year, here’s what you need to know:

Soil pH

5.8-6.2

Sunlight

6-8 hours

Water

1-1.5 inches per week

Planting Time

Direct sow 1-3 weeks after last frost

Compatible With

Parsnips, Beets, Beans, Potatoes, Thyme, Oregano, Dill

Avoid Planting With

Squash

Spacing

12-18 inches apart in rows 2-3 feet apart

Maintenance

Mound soil around stalk, 6-10 inches high

Harvesting Fruit

90-120 days.

 


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