Beauregard sweet potato harvest
Today we went out to complete our Beauregard sweet potato harvest. We had a hard frost two nights in a row and it killed the sweet potato vines. The first killing frost has always been our indicator that it was time to harvest sweet potatoes. You can see the frost damaged vines below.
This is our third year growing sweet potatoes and decided to try a different variety this year with the Beauregard. Previously to this we tried growing Georgia Jet sweet potatoes. Here is our Georgia Jet harvest.
Removing the vines before harvest
To avoid fighting with the vines during the sweet potato harvest we typically pull all the vines and toss them into the pen for the chickens. During the vine removal process some of our Beauregard sweet potatoes pulled free of the sand and sawdust in which they grew. Here you can see all the vines are removed and several smaller sweet potatoes are visible on the top of the grow box.
Harvesting our sweet potatoes by hand
A big advantage to using the Mittleider Gardening Method and growing sweet potatoes in a grow box filled with sawdust and sand is easy harvesting. We are able to dig into the sand and sawdust with just our hands, no tools or potato forks necessary. Just a pair of gloves was need to complete our Beauregard sweet potato harvest.
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What the harvest looked like
This is our first year growing the Beauregard sweet potato. At the time of this blog entry they’ve only been out of the garden a couple days and we’ve not eaten any. We won’t know if we truly like it until we’ve eaten some and made a few pies with them.
Aesthetically, I like color and medium size of this variety. The massive potatoes we got with the Georgia Jet took much longer to bake and was more than what one person would typically eat with a meal.
Here is a representative of the typical size of sweet potato from our Beauregard harvest.
Final harvest amount
This year we decided to plant sweet potatoes and my favorite Yukon Gold potatoes in this grow box. Half of our 4′ x 15′ foot grow box was used for growing Beauregard and Yukon Gold. We didn’t weight everything to see how much we actually grew, but you can see how many we have in our 1 yard garden cart.
Review of the Beauregard sweet potato
After a curing period we will do a review of the Beauregard sweet potatoes we grew this year. Once we have eaten several and prepared them in different ways we will share our thoughts.
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