After receiving a good hard frost we decided to dig up our Georgia Jet sweet potatoes. We are tickled with our harvest that ended up filling a wheel barrow. Not sure what the total weight as we just didn’t weigh them.
They were growing in a 4 foot wide and 15 foot long grow box that was filled with a mixture of sand and sawdust. Digging them was very easy, we used only our hands to sweep the sand and sawdust out of the way to expose the sweet potatoes.
You can see the outline of the growbox in the picture below. As you can see, they grew like mad. Next year I will prune the vines as they grow beyond the box.
This was the average size of what we harvested. They grew easily in our sand and sawdust and weren’t mishappen.
This is the completed harvest here in the wheel barrow. Not a bad haul for a 4 x 15 foot growing area!
We’ve been enjoying fresh kale on our sandwiches for lunch the past few days. It has been amazing. It’s far enough along now that we can harvest a mess of it for an actual meal. We’ve discussed a white beans and kale but haven’t decided. Kale is in the grow bed on the left.
It was a little muddy digging these potatoes after the 2 1/8″ of rain we recently received but it was time for them to come out. My potatoes have never done extremely well, with few getting large and many of them misshapen. I’ve always contributed it to our soil and have always just accepted it.
Recently I’ve begun paying attention to a guy on YouTube who goes by the handle of LDSPrepper and ultilizes the Mittleider gardening method to grow all of their vegetables. Of particular interest to me are the grow boxes where they utilize a mix of sawdust and sand as the growing medium.
I’m going to attempt my next crop of potatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrots in such a setup next year. My thought is that the sawdust and sand won’t compact like our soil and make it easier for potatoes and carrots to grow large. We will be converting our traditional garden over to the Mittleider system.