WHY I’LL NEVER GROW SWEET POTATOES THIS WAY AGAIN.

For years I’ve been teaching you how to grow sweet potatoes.  Actually, for years I’ve been teaching you everything I know about sweet potatoes.  How to produce slips, how to plant them, how to keep them pest free, when to up and down swear at them and when to just give them a sideways glance.  I even taught you how to make Guaranteed Crispy Sweet Potato Fries with them even though some people in the comments of that post claim they didn’t work for them, but they aren’t regular readers who know how to follow basic instructions.  They’re you know … Pinterest people.  And they don’t count.

When I first started learning about growing them there really wasn’t a lot of information out there on the big, bad Internet about how to grow Sweet Potatoes.  At that time, which was just 10 years or so ago, growing sweet potato slips was a closely guarded secret in the farming community.  It was a mystical, mysterious process much like how to do a card trick.   Or apply liquid eyeliner.

But I read little bits here and there, emailed a few loose lipped Sweet Potato growers with my questions and before I knew it my slip was showing.

 

THE OLD WAY

Growing Sweet Potato Slips the Old Way

1. Early spring take sweet potatoes out of storage
2. Insert toothpicks around top of sweet potato
3. Rest in jar of water and wait for it to root / produce slips in 2 weeks – 2 months.

 

This is how I’ve grown my Sweet Potato slips for the past 10 years.  Around this time every year I bring a couple of sweet potatoes out of storage, stick a few toothpicks around the top of them and rest them over jars of water.  Depending on the mood of the sweet potato, slips will start growing out of it in anywhere from a week to two months. Slips are those vines growing out of the sweet potato by the way.  They’re what you plant in the ground to produce sweet potato plants.

As you can imagine, this whole maybe I’ll sprout today, maybe I’ll sprout when it’s way too late to plant me, attitude of the sweet potato got old fast.  You never know when sweet potatoes are going to actually agree to sprout so you have to start them WAY in advance of when you actually need the slips to be developed on the off chance they’re going to go the “meh …. maybe in 2 months” route.

They are much like Luffah Sponges in that way.

Which got me to thinking.  Maybe the trick I used to get my Luffa seeds to sprout consistently and early would work for the sweet potatoes.

And it did.  But I had to change one other thing up too.

This year instead of starting my sweet potatoes in jars of water like I normally do, I tried something new.  I planted them in a pan of soil.  Nothing fancy, just an aluminium roasting pan from the dollar store that I poked holes in the bottom of for drainage.  Then I sat it on a seedling heat pad and waited.

THE NEW WAY

Growing Sweet Potato Slips the New Way

1. Place whole sweet potato(s) lengthwise in a pan of soil so the soil comes halfway up the side of potato.
2. Place the pan on a seedling heating mat.
3. Make sure the soil stays moist and wait for it to produce roots / slips in 2 weeks or less.

A few weeks later the sweet potatoes had rooted and produced enough sweet potato slips for my entire garden.

It’s the magic of the heat pad.  And also the magic of growing in soil (mixed with compost) that has actual nutrients in it.  The slips grown in just water look positively anaemic compared to the soil grown ones.  This is also an example of the magic of always, always evolving and trying new things.

Sure I’d already had success growing sweet potatoes slips and I could have stuck with that forever and ever.  But I tried something new and my slips are better, stronger and have a way more predicable growing timeline.

If you want to continue growing your slips in water that’s fine. It won’t make one iota of difference in terms of the quality of sweet potatoes you get at the end of the summer.  Your plants will be the same size by August and so will your sweet potatoes.  Growing in soil on a heating pad just gives you slightly stronger slips (less likely to croak on transplant) and a better guarantee of growing within a few weeks as opposed to a few months.

All the Sweet Potato Information You Need

How to Grow Sweet Potato Slips in Water

How and When to Plant Sweet Potato Slips

Protecting your Sweet Potatoes from Voles and Mice

How to Cure Your Sweet Potatoes so they’re SWEET.  (info is near end of this post)

How to Make Guaranteed CRISPY Sweet Potato Fries

Seedling Heating Pad on Amazon ($16.99)

It ain’t that hard.  Any of it.

86 Comments

  1. carla says:

    Question about the soil…I did one in soil and one in water last year. The soil one grew slips just fine, but I got gnatty sort of maybe fruit fly like bugs bugging my sweet potato soil. Any tips for how to keep the bugs away?

  2. Alanna Farmer says:

    I found an overlooked sweet potato that had sprouted and stuck it in the window to see how it would fare. I have used the toothpick and water method but I think I like this one better. The sweet potato is starting to desiccate so I think it’s time to introduce it to a bit of dirt. Thanks for writing this – enjoyed reading it

  3. Mike says:

    If my store bought sweet potato is already sprouting can I cut these off with a slice of the potato & start these as slips in water? Will such slips produce sweet potatoes or just vines and do I have to produce slips from blind shoots not yet formed?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mike! If you have slips growing from store bought sweet potatoes they’ll grow just fine. You can either root them in water or put them straight into a pot with soil. Either way they should do well. Then all you have to do is keep them alive until spring or whenever you can plant them outside depending on where you live. ~ karen!

  4. Paulina says:

    I had to look up how to *plant* the slips that accidentally sprouted in my pantry, and yours came up, alongside the more science-y version, and a bajillion varieties of sweet potatoes, including the hardy short season kinds that grow most everywhere in the United States and parts of Canada at https://www.sandhillpreservation.com/sweet-potato-growing-information

    The latter, for someone like myself, who is trying to start growing enough food to sell at my farmers’ market, is a lot more in-depth, but this post opened a rabbit hole of a time sink for me. I’ll have to spend days browsing articles now. Thanks a bunch. /s

    I’ll enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Diane says:

    Just found this will be trying the new way this year it sounds so much better thanks. Cheers Diane. France

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I realize it’s an old post but…the story about starting slips being a ‘closely guarded secret’ made me BUST OUT LAUGHING. I was fortunate to grow up in the Carolinas and everyone, I mean EVERYONE with any garden know how could tell you how to start slips. I was raised watching my grandmama start them for the garden, then keep one and put it in a jar hanging in the kitchen window and it made the prettiest vine in the kitchen all summer. A shame people in other regions didn’t inherit that information.

  7. Hugh Holland says:

    Hi,

    After you have the slips, what do you do with them after you break them off? I guess the choices would be to plant in the garden, put them in water until they develope more roots, or pot them until they have roots.

    The weather isn’t good enough where I live to plant them yet.

    Thanks-Hugh

    • Karen says:

      Yup, those are all your options, lol. And all of them work well. I honestly haven’t noticed any difference in production regardless of how I start the slips. I usually stick them in a mason jar with water to root until it’s warm enough out to plant them out at the beginning of June. It takes the least amount of room and is faster than potting them all up. If the plant is still producing slips at he beginning of June (and it always is), I take any of the last slips off of the sweet potato and plant them directly in the garden. ~ karen!

      • Hugh Holland says:

        I had a few very long slips that I broke off and put in water. They are producing roots but keep wilting badly every time i put them in the sun and it’s only low 70’s here. When i put them in the dark them perk back up

  8. Andrew says:

    I started your method about 10 days ago. I havenโ€™t noticed any change yet when I just checked the sweet potatoes they seemed soft on the bottom, almost as if the potatoes were rotting? Is my soil too moist?

    • Karen says:

      It could be. It could also be that the potatoes you’re using have been cold damaged. It can take longer than 10 days for them to start to sprout though so I wouldn’t give up on them yet. The soil (especially in the beginning) just barely needs to be wet. ~ karen!

  9. Sara says:

    A couple weeks ago I started my sweet potatoes in jars with water. Just read this article and wish I had tried the soil method! Maybe next time. My question is – a few of the jars have started growing some green stuff on the bottom and the water has a green tint. The roots are a little green but the sweet potato above seems to be growing a couple slips. Perhaps the green stuff is algae?? Should I change the water? Leave it? Or just throw away those potatoes? The other jars water seems to have remained pretty clear.

    • Karen says:

      Hmm. I have no idea what that is, lol. Sounds like it is just algae. I’d rinse everything under water (the potato roots, the jar) refill it and forge ahead. There’s no reason to throw them out. ๐Ÿ™‚ ~ karen!

  10. Mia says:

    Do you know anything about how many seasons you can grow from the initial slip you planted? I heard that sweet potatoes these days originated in universities and that you can only grow them for 2 or 3 years before you need to get a new slip from the universities due to the potato loosing quality and flavor.

  11. Kelli Silvestro says:

    Glass jar/ water method I have always used because of limited space but I’m anxious to try the pan method. It sounds like you’re laying them down lengthwise?

  12. Hugh says:

    Works great, thanks. The slips started in 2 weeks and are very healthy. I will never use water again

  13. Karen says:

    HI Karen! I’m a Karen too! Question – I am trying this method for the first time. Got an aluminum roasting pan and put gardener’s gold (our local compost) and seed starter mixture in it and placed the organic sweet potato right smack dab in the middle – it looks like a submarine when it’s docked! Got the seedling mat under it but am afraid to leave it on all the time – is that safe to do? Also, it’s not in direct sun but gets indirect light. Finally – when I water it, should I moisten the whole pan of dirt or just the dirt around the potato? Around the potato is what I have been doing since I planted it three days ago. And I do have a second roasting pan under the first because I poked holes in the first for drainage and wanted to catch any drips. Thanks in advance for your advice!

  14. Chrissy says:

    Hi Karen, it’s a Cold Winter day and I’m thinking Spring to stay warm. ๐Ÿ˜† My best luck with growing a Sweet Potato Vine – when the potato shows a white sprout, cut a slice of potato including the sprout, lay it sprout down on top of planting soil and watch it grow. I put 2 slices in this hanging planter outdoors, in the sun. The prettiest Vine ever.

  15. Wendy Spatcher says:

    HI Karen, I’m in zone 6b and one of my sweet potatoes from last crop is sprouting nicely, but a little early in morning d January! I plan in setting it in soil at end of February. Do you think it will matter if some sprouts are a couple of inches long already?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Wendy, that’ll be fine. When the sprouts get to be around 5″ long you can snap the off and plant them in individual pots if you like. ๐Ÿ™‚ ~ karen!

  16. Laurel D says:

    Does anyone know if I can just plant cut pieces directly in the ground

    • Karen says:

      Hi Laurel D. That’s how you would grow a regular potato, not a sweet potato. Sweet potatoes need to grow from slips that you prestart. ~ karen!

  17. Lilly says:

    Hiya Karen, I’ve started 3 sweet potatos hurried halfway up the side in good potting soil/compost mix, in an aluminum pan holes poke in bottom in a tray and on a heat mat. After 2 weeks they are rooting under the soil yet nothing on top. I do water from the bottom by filling the tray with water. I live in Washington state across the Columbia from Portland, today is April 30th, do I keep waiting?

    • Karen says:

      Yup. Keep waiting. ๐Ÿ™‚ You can also try sticking in another sweet potato in case those ones aren’t viable, but it’s quite difficult to tell. ~karen!

  18. Jo Cedergreen says:

    Sweet potatoes caught my attention this year, and even though I’m in zone 6b, I thought I’d give them a try. So, last month, I dutifully gave a couple of them little toothpick arms and set them in my east-facing kitchen window. Nice and bright. I never considered the icy, 27-degree F temperature on the other side of the glass would have any impact. Only roots, so far. Then, tonight, Karen, I stumbled upon your initial articles from 2015 and began to suspect the window was not the best location. Better yet, I read this latest update about using a warming pad. Ingenious! I can’t wait to try this.

    • Karen says:

      Good luck JO! I’m in 6b too. Make sure you read all my sweet potato posts for all the tricks about warming the soil and how to cure them after you dig them up. And yes, get a heating pad! Mine are growing like crazy right now. ~ karen!

  19. Nana999 says:

    .THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I’ve been trying to grow sweet potato slips in jars with toothpicks for 2 months with no results. Now I’m going for the potting soil and heat mat.

    • Karen says:

      Keep in mind it *could* be the sweet potato. If it got touched by cold then it won’t sprout no matter what you try to do to it. Most grocery store sweet potatoes sprout just fine, so buy a few that look firm with no scars or discolouration and try both methods with them. ๐Ÿ™‚ ~ karen!

  20. Tina L. says:

    Hi. There was no reply to Emma’s question of 4/17 as to putting the tray in light or dark. Which is best? Thanks.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tina L. It doesn’t really matter. I’ve had slips sprout while in the dark (in a cupboard) or while in the light. I keep mine in my basement with natural light from a single window until they start to sprout and then I put LED grow lights on them for 13 or so hours a day. ~ karen!

  21. Chrissy says:

    Hi Karen, thank you for the quick reply. It is loaded with roots but no sprouts anywhere. It is on the Hot Water Heater in the sun. It looks pretty healthy. Guess I’ll wait a couple more weeks to see what happens. Do you, or anyone else have any experience with Sugar Beets ? White Sugar Beets ?

  22. Chrissy says:

    HELP, my sweet potato has all roots and NO slips, or sprouts, or leaves. Should I plant the whole potato in dirt ?

    • Karen says:

      That’s OK Chrissy. Just give it time. ๐Ÿ™‚ There’s no predicting sweet potatoes. But if there are roots there should eventually be slips. Make sure it’s in a warm spot (they like heat). But yes, occasionally a sweet potato just up and rots. That usually doesn’t happen if it has rooted though. ~ karen!

  23. Michael says:

    No one seems to mention the temperature of the heat pad? Mine are adjustable. Normally set for 80 to 85 degrees to sprout a variety of garden seeds i.e. tomatoes, peppers. So what is the recommended temperature for sweet potatoes?

    • Karen says:

      It doesn’t matter Michael. As long as it’s warm. Most seed starting mats generally warm to 10 – 20 degrees (F) warmer than the ambient temperature. So yes around 80 – 85 would work well on your matt. ~ karen!

    • Nana999 says:

      Also, if you can find heating pads that don’t have utomatic shutoff, they are cheaper than heat mats. Sunbeam makes one.

  24. Linda says:

    I don’t know where I went wrong, this is my first time growing anything I used the water and toothpick method like I did in elementary school, after about 5 days the potato turned to mush, what happened?

  25. Emma Followes says:

    This might be a dumb question but should the sweet potato tray on the heating pad be in the light or in the dark until the slips grow?

  26. Jen Topp says:

    So, when I’m ready to grow them for real in the garden, do I cut the potato into pieces so that each one is one slip? I am new at this kind of potato planting.

    Thanks!

  27. Kelly says:

    A few more questions! Would setting the tray on a heating vent in my house work in lieu of a heating pad? House is set to 70F. Have you ever tried growing Carribean sweet potatoes (purple skin, white flesh)? Not sure if our weather here in Hamilton would support that variety??

    • Karen says:

      You can give it a shot, but the problem with a heating vent is it’s inconsistent. If that’s all you have though, then by all means give it a shot. I also worry the heat that comes out of the vent would actually be to warm and would also dry out the soil in the pan very quickly. If you’re in Hamilton, Home Hardware sells the seedling heating pads. I think they’re about $20. ~ karen!

  28. Kelly says:

    I can’t wait to get started! Just need to pick up a heating pad. We typically grow potatoes here, but two of us have a nightshade allergy and eat sweet potatoes instead. Do you have any advice on how many slips or how many square feet of garden to use for a family of 4?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kelly. It all depends of course on how many time a week/month you’re going to eat them, but I would say growing a 4’x 4′ plot of them, which amounts to 16 slips would do you. I have however, found if you plant slightly less in a 4′ x 4′ area (12 slips instead of 16) you actually end up with bigger sweet potatoes. ~ karen!

  29. Paula says:

    So you use actual soil and not the ‘soilless’ mix used for seeds? This maybe a dumb question but I would rather check now before I start the process.

  30. Thandi says:

    I accidentally got sweet potato slips once. Apparently the back of my grocery cupboard was not only a great place to lose a sweet potato, but also a very comfy place for that sweet potato to send out some happy little tendrils. I kept it on a saucer in my kitchen window, named her Sweety Potato, and misted her every few days. She was a great friend, dear old Sweety Potato, enthusiastically growing on her little saucer in the sun. But then we went on holiday and when we came back she was no longer with us. I miss that silly cupboard plant.

    In other news, my husband has suggested that I stop bloody well naming things, because I get emotionally attached to weird stuff.

  31. Linda in Illinois says:

    I have never grown sweet potatoes, do you just purchase one from the grocer and then plant it?

  32. Marti says:

    So… on the “please be my stooges who find a cool chair for me” post, there was a video on the side.

    But on this post, it’s gone again? I had almost gotten accustomed to hearing you talk to me while I was trying to read that entire post. But it was a “one-time-trial-event”?

    I quite liked it, but think you might goose the audio just a little more. I have really good hearing, but even with the sound on this chromebook all the way up and the sound on the link all the way up, it was having to strain toward it.

    How many slips do you get per potato?

  33. Terri J. says:

    Still having trouble reading your posts. Putting something so wonderfully originally funny such as “Pinterest people” at the beginning of your post makes me ROFL (had to use that even though I really hate those inital things) so hard it delayed my reading the entirety of your writing. BTW keep up the good work.

  34. Vaalerie says:

    In lieu of a plant heating pad, just a question. Do you think an ordinary heating pad set on low and on a heat resistant surface such as the top of my stove would be an acceptable alternative? I have two (people) heating pads and hate to purchase a plant heat pad if I don’t have to.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Valerie. I can only recommend personally, the seed heat pad since that’s what I’ve used. But I can say I definitely know people who use a waterproof heating pad on low. You have to be careful that even on low it isn’t too warm, and also that your heating pad doesn’t automatically turn off every few hours. Many of them do as a safety feature. ~ karen!

    • Chrissy says:

      Vaalerie, I put Christmas lights under my seedlings using an overturned tray that I place the seed pots on top of. You can’t use LEDs, only the older ones that produce a little heat. I keep a thermometer nearby and adjust the temps by using a timer with the lights so I don’t bake the plants. Works very well if you don’t want to spend on a seed pad.

      • Gilly Bean says:

        Clever! I love that. Thanks. <3

      • Gilly Bean says:

        Would this work for NOT sweet potatoes? I’m not a fan of sweet potatoes but, would like to grow some other varieties of potato that aren’t the regular brown and white ones….on the other hand….maybe I could give one to the family member that is inviting me to Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner…. ๐Ÿ˜‰ …well, two in that case. Probably more if I grow them successfully. Either way I’d like to try to grow other types of potatoes and wonder if this method would work for them too.

        • Karen says:

          Hi Gilly Bean. Growing like this wouldn’t work for other potatoes. Sweet Potatoes aren’t actually a potato and in fact are a member of an entirely different plant family. Sweet potatoes like heat. Regular potatoes do not like heat at all. Regular potatoes are planted outside as early as March while sweet potatoes can’t be set outside until June at the earliest. ~ karen!

  35. Elaine says:

    As one of your other readers said, Karen, I enjoy reading all of your posts … even when it’s something I can’t do. I’m in a condo now that faces north and north-east, receiving sunlight until around 1:30 p.m. However, I LOVE seeing things sprout and have a very green thumb so I might try this purely for decorative purposes. Maybe my balcony pots will display sweet potato vines instead of Boston ferns this Summer! Thanks a lot!

  36. Kathy says:

    You sound really excited and then so am I so I need to plant sweet potatoes. I really like eating them so that’s good. But I buy sweet potato vine plants because I like the light green foliage so will I get a beautiful vine and potatoes? I suspect the store bought vine is something different.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kathy! Yes, sweet potato vine that you get in the nursery is different than an actual edible sweet potato. I’m with you though, I love the lime/bright green foliage on the nurser ones! When you dig the ornamental ones up at the end of the season they do in fact produce some type of sweet potato, but it’s not the kind we produce for eating. (although it could very well be edible) ~ karen!

      • Beth says:

        The ornamental sweet potato vines are non-toxic for people. But they are poisonous for cats, dogs and horses. However! Their seeds ARE toxic for people. So don’t eat the seeds. And don’t let pets nibble on the vines.

  37. Jenifer says:

    Just need the pan and some soil…and a place to put it without the cat thinking it’s her personal play ground (or, god-forbid, a new litter box!)

    Wish me luck!

    • Jennie Lee says:

      You just provided me with the perfect place to leave my comment, Jenifer! We’re both Jen(n)ifers, too- how serendipitous! Sweet potato plants are toxic to both cats and dogs. I have a cat, and I’m always careful to look up any plant before I bring it into my home, to make sure it’s safe. It’s easy to look it up with Google. The ASPCA list is the most complete. They give info for cats, dogs, and horses! They also provide lists of NON-TOXIC plants, which is very reassuring, since if you don’t see a plant on the toxic list, how do you know if it’s really safe, or if they just omitted it accidentally? I’d advise putting the plants up high or in a room the pet can’t enter= and don’t let leaves fall off, to the floor!

  38. ronda says:

    I would think soil and heat are the winning combo. For any plant! Probably why my rose slip had a couple of beautiful little green leaves one day and dead and dried out leaves the next. Just when I was thinking I should get the bag of top soil out of the garage, they were done for.

  39. Mary W says:

    Karen, you are always a welcome click to a moment of morning de-stressing. Going to get my cat warmers and hopefully grow several big pots of sweet potato leaves for my porch.

  40. Mary W says:

    I have two cat bed warmers for my outside cats. They heat up to “cat temperature” and will work wonderfully to start the slips. Better than storing the beds now that spring is here.

  41. Maureen Locke says:

    Karen, did you break the internet again??? Your link to the heating pad doesn’t work.. none of them. I tried them all. So, I went to amazon.ca and can’t find a heating pad that’s $16.99 either. Not sure when/if I’ll be growing sweet potatoes but I want to be ready when I do.. lol

  42. Suzanne Reith says:

    With such iffy a timeline, how will I know when to start. How long can you keep them before setting out?

    • Karen says:

      That’s the problem with the initial method Suzanne. I normally start my sweet potato slips in March and everything usually works out fine. This second method with soil and a heating pad has so far been quite reliable for me so now I can start them much later, knowing I won’t be planting them out until June 1st. As long as you can keep them alive in your house they’ll be fine to plant out at any time as long as you properly harden them off. As the sweet potato slips grow you can just break them off (as I show you in the original post), root them in water and plant them in separate pots. The original sweet potatoes that are growing the slips will continue to produce slips indefinitel so you can keep making multiple slips.. ~ karen!

      • Suzanne says:

        Thanks Karen. Looks like I’m in business. All those vines, and a sweet spud bonus. Can’t wait for summer. Glad too, that we got this comment problem sorted.

      • Hi Karen,
        I really enjoyed your story. I couldnโ€™t figure out how to write a comment to you so here it is…. I live in Pennsylvania near Philly and I tried growing sweet potatoes in the bro-under with zero luck. I think the warm soil season was just too short. Since I moved to a small house and was not sure how long I would stay here I decided to have an experimental garden plabnted into hay bales thus avoiding building containers which I prefer to garden in. The theory is that you feed the bales with high nitrogen fertilizer for a few weeks before growing season watering them generously not encourage the growth of compost producing bacteria. I did just that and had a fabulous productive vegetable garden that was also low maintenance. BUT the problem I ran into was I outlined my little south-facing cement porch with bales of hay, hoping to grow flowers in them. The seeds sprouted but disappeared so the bales were bare. I noticed a sweet potatoe on my kitchen table had sprouted so I cut it into 4 chunks and dug them into the bales out front expecting the vines to make a lovely statement while disappearing the unsightly bales. They did the job quite quickly and covered the whole porch. Good Job! When the first hard frost came I thought I must remove the vines before they discolored the porch cement. Low and behold! When I started pulling up the vines along came oodles of sweet potatoes! There were about 7 of them as large as a football. Itโ€™s was easy and amazing. I probably harvested 50 lbs of sweet potatoes from that one potatoe without having to plant sprouts. And they were so easy to harvest from the bales since they were not locked into the soil. I think the secret to my success was the heat absorbed from the sun beating on the bales. EASY!

  43. Leslie Zuroski says:

    Would this work for me who only wants to grow them for ornamental purposes?

    • Mary W says:

      I just cut up a couple of sweet potatoes and buried them in the ground all over my front yard, hoping to give up mowing since I love ornamental sweet taters, too. It worked like a charm for about 6 months, then they got mowed by my daughter’s new husband that LOVES to mow grass. So sad but they do grow like weeds in Florida. They also have special varieties that produce an over abundance of pretty leaves and fewer potatoes for those of us that love the foliage.

    • Karen says:

      Sure. The sweet potato doesn’t know if you’re growing it to eat or just to look at. ๐Ÿ™‚ ~ karen!

  44. Nicole says:

    I bet these plants from the dirt/heating pad slips grow larger than the water ones and have more sweet potatoes, given how much healthier they are from the starting line! But much like TucsonPatty, my talents do not lie in gardening. I garden vicariously through you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. Sheryl says:

    Your blog entry’s are so much fun to read. I read them even when I’m not interested in what you wrote about. And your links to other posts? I think you have set some very effective time traps. I’m thinking of quitting my job just to have time to drift from link to link. I won’t even mention how much I enjoy your photos. Oh wait, I just did.

    • Karen says:

      Sorry Sheryl, don’t mean to send you down a time warp of posts, lol. Well, actually I kind of do, but it sound rude for me to admit that that’s my goal. ๐Ÿ™‚ And thanks! ~ karen!

  46. TucsonPatty says:

    What a font of Sweet Potato slip information. I don’t grow anything (except brown leaves…) : ( but this makes me want to do the whole Sweet Potato in the glass trick that we had when I was a kid. I remember it on top of the heating stove, and it grew like crazy!! I should have told you the heat trick before! If only I had known what was happening. ; ) I did eat my Sweet Potato Fries tonight, like a good tater fan.

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