Start Your Own Sweet Potato Slips

| 2/25/2019 2:07:00 AM

grow sweet potato slips

It’s that time of year again. The weather is becoming a bit more favorable, and the sun is peeking out from the gray sadness known as Ohio’s winter sky. I’m using all of my available willpower to stop myself from starting my tomato and pepper seeds too early, knowing that if I do so, they’ll become too leggy and big by planting time, which can sometimes be too much for my poor plants to recover from transplant shock.

What I can do to dust off the ol’ green thumb, however, is prepare a few sweet potatoes to start growing slips. In fact, I’m kinda kicking myself for not writing this blog last week. Mid- to late-February is the perfect time to tackle growing slips. I started mine yesterday (the picture is of last year’s slips), so you still have time to get in gear and give this a try.

Back in the olden days of 2010, when my husband and I were starting our farmers’ market produce production, we would buy our sweet potato slips via mail-order or from a local Amish supplier, Monroe. They usually came in bundles of 25 slips for a whopping $25 per bundle. If we were lucky, we’d find a deal for $20 a bundle, but this was still quite an upfront expense for our small operation.

And some years, the weather wouldn’t cooperate (the rains of 2014 really did us in), or I’d get lazy with my weeding (2012, when I was pregnant with Emery), and the yield would be less than stellar, making the cost of the slips really not worth the effort.

When we decided to take a break from market production, and really scale back our garden to just provide for ourselves, there really wasn’t a need for a full 25-slip bundle. The kids haven’t really developed a taste for sweet potatoes, so it’s just Matt and I who like to eat them throughout the winter.

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