Grow Sweet Potatoes — Even in the North

This nutritious, easy-to-store crop is one of the best staples for anyone looking to be food self-sufficient.



large cut sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are surprisingly easy to grow in different regions of North America and, if properly cured, they have quite a memorable flavor.
PHOTO: FOTOLIA
cooked sweet potatoes with rosemary
When fall arrives, take care to cure your sweet potatoes properly, and you’ll be blown away by their superb sweetness. 
FOTOLIA
green sweet potato vines
As your plants grow, you can harvest and eat the tender sweet potato vine tips. 
BRENNA LONG
digging sweet potatoes
Harvest time! Use a broadfork to easily dig your sweet potatoes in fall. 
KEN ALLAN
sweet potatoes with clear plastic mulch
Attention Northerners: This inconspicuous clear plastic mulch is your key to growing great sweet potatoes. 
KEN ALLAN
Making a Sweet Potato Slip
Making your own sweet potato slips is simple: Sprouts will grow from a tuber stood upright in a glass of water. 
ISTOCKPHOTO
Kid Holding Huge Sweet Potato
Holy sweet potato! Follow our tips, and you, too, could harvest potatoes that are as wide as a child. 
NATE LUKE
Georgia Jet Sweet Potato Blossom
A ‘Georgia Jet’ sweet potato blossom. If your ‘Georgia Jet’ is flowerless, you’ve been growing the Imposter! 
KEN ALLAN











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