Bad Year for Sweet Potatoes

Date: 8 Jan 2019 11:53 pm (UTC)
ursulas_alcove: 19th century engraving of a woman using a drop spindle (0)
I need 25 slips for the three of us plus extra to start for the following year. I never get more than 4 from ours. I've been doing it for 4 years. We don't get enough light to start them and our house is too cold. This last year sweet potatoes from the store were and still are mostly rotten -too much moisture at the wrong time. Sweet potatoes come from North Carolina. They had 21" of rain over three days. Thanksgiving sweet potatoes were growing penicillin on them in the store. I looked again today. Even worse. Only giant ones with rotten ends cut off. Bad news. I will be trying to get some slips going next week but not hopeful. Out of the eight slips I planted last year, only two tiny long thin potatoes. The slips were nowhere near ready when planting time came. I started them in January which is the correct time. Just don't have the right conditions. I want organic in case I decide to go for certification to sell.

Also cashed my meager paycheck, looking to buy more cinderblocks. Some guy bought all of them. There are none left so my garden plans got screwed. Will have to wait until another building is demolished. Hate being so strapped for cash. But now I will spend it on a few grow lights instead. Rome wasn't built in a day.
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