When it comes to growing a veg that I love, I don't give up that easily if I run into problems. Case in point - sweet potatoes. I'm on my third year and have yet to have a good harvest.
This past season, with it's super hot summer, I was convinced that I would get a halfway decent haul. I grew the potatoes in both black grow bags and large plastic tubs but neither yielded a particularly impressive harvest.
One of the sweet potato tubs,
just before tipping it over to reveal the harvest
I harvested roughly the same amount from both types of container. However, I preferred the potatoes from the grow bags as they gave me fewer but larger potatoes (vs. the tubs which yielded a larger quantity of small potatoes).
One possible reason for the lackluster performance was that the slips took forever to develop. Ideally they would have been transplanted in early June but they didn't end up in their summer home until one month later.
|Slips were planted on July 6th - about 1 month too late|
Lots of lovely roots
So far so good - at least it hasn't died yet!
I'm not sure if the size is the determining factor or not - perhaps I placed the 2nd potato upside down in the water. It's often hard to tell which way is up with these guys. I've decide to leave it as is and see what happens.
At this point, I'm fairly sure that I'm ahead of where I was at this time last year. Third time is the charm, right? :)