Sweet Potato Strangulation

I tried a multitude of vegetable gardening experiments this year.  Well … pretty much everything was an experiment.  Most of it went really well, but the odd thing became what a wise person would call “a lesson”.

Lesson 1.  Do not grow sweet potatoes in bags.  Not in burlap bags, or nylon bags, or any bags.

Have a look …



Can you see that?  That wonky sweet potato at the bottom of the bag?  Yeah.  It’s made a home for itself there.  Forever.  Here’s a closer look …




It actually grew INTO the bag.  It wove and wiggled it’s little sweet potato root into the fabric of the bag where it continued to grow until it had strangled itself.  Which didn’t stop it from growing.  It just stopped it from being harvestable.  Here it is from the bottom of the bag …



And this wasn’t the only example.  Any sweet potatoes I grew in bags either grew long and squiggly or they attached themselves to the bag.

What did I learn here? I learned that even a sweet potato has a vicious sense of self preservation. They will do anything to prevent being peeled, cooked and eaten.

Can’t say I blame them. Although I’m not sure self strangulation is the route I would choose to go.


  1. Sanjoy Das says:

    This was a very useful and happy interlude for me. I started off wanting to grow sweet potato and finsihed off wondering if you fancy a beer sometime in scotland. ecxept im off the oiss. For a bit.

  2. par-t says:

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  3. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    HAHA..Intestines in a bag..LOL

  4. Trish says:

    Why do I feel sad now?!

  5. Patti says:

    Weird! Little bastards!

  6. Deb J. says:

    Sorry your potato ‘became one with the bag’ but am surprised you didn’t find a Hallowe’en use for it. The outside photo makes me think of a spine melded with something it shouldn’t – alien or mutant or ???

  7. DzynByJules says:

    Cool! The creepy bagged ones look like a body part you might find in your basement. That spooky spinal column even had a coccyx… lol, ***I said coccyx***
    Oh the new possibilities of craft creations you have!
    Great dedication you have, your garden was amazing!

  8. Alex says:


    I was just wondering, where did you get the slips for white sweet potatoes? Did you buy one from the store or is there a place online where one can purchase roots or shoots?

    All the best,


    • Karen says:

      Alex – I started the slips for the white sweet potatoes from an organic sweet potato I bought at the grocery store. They worked out really well. ~ karen!

  9. Mary Werner says:

    I live in Florida so just send the taters to me and I will cure them for you, outside at over 80 degrees with over 80 percent humidity. See our weather is good for something, but can’t guarantee their return as I love them, they are good for diabetics, they make a great lunch, tasty pies and healthy side vegetables, and during the winter I love to have a couple stuck in water just growing and looking pretty in the window in a mason jar. The perfect veggy!

  10. Katrina says:

    For some reason that really grosses me out. A little too “There’s Something About Mary” about it. :/
    However, I’m glad the others turned out so amazingly well. So in about a month there will be some fantastic TAODS sweet potato recipes? (The Fire Broth Soup was a big hit with my boyfriend and me btw) Bring on the spuds!

    • Tigersmom says:

      My mind hadn’t gone there on it’s own, but with this suggestion, I’m defnitely getting a franks and beans image. I’ve now had my early morning grossout for the day. Luckily, it made me laugh just a bit.

    • Spokangela says:

      “what I want to know is how did you get the frank above the beans, son?”

      …just quoted this gem last night, as a matter of fact! :)

  11. Carla Barnes says:

    Facebook user Faith Farm, Enid Oklahoma – shared this comment on their photo Oct 22: “Sweet potato experiment was a big success this year. We harvested almost 40 lbs. of ‘taters from a grow bag only about 30″ in diameter. What fun!”
    I saw this pile of veggie beauty during their annual fall festival – don’t know what KIND of grow bag they use, I’ll have to find out. Be like a sweet potato, don’t give up!

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