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Beauregard sweet potato harvest

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.

Beauregard sweet potato harvest
Preparing to harvest Beauregard sweet potatoes

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.

Beauregard sweet potato harvest

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.

Beauregard sweet potato harvest
Beauregard potato size comparison next to XL glove

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.

Beauregard sweet potato harvest

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.

As always, thanks for reading our little blog and our entry on our Beauregard sweet potato harvest.  Please consider leaving comments for us.

Harvesting Georgia Jet Sweet Potatoes from Grow Box

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! 

Kale ready for harvest

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. 

kale from a Mittleider garden ready for harvest

Digging potatoes today and begining a Mittleider garden

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.