Given how wet it was this year, I was not expecting particularly good yields but maybe that one or two weeks of warmth late in the season made up for the near absence of direct sunlight most of the year? Probably not but sweet potato shows that it is adaptable once again. The above picture is of one of my non seedling rows.
Here is a compilation of various tubers from seed. Some look quite promising. There was a large variation in colour, texture, vining and leafing habit. The best yielding and flowering varieties were saved separately for seed production next year where the rest will most likely be eaten.
I had a terrible problem with June beetle grubs this year as well meaning that almost all my Yacon in one part of the property were destroyed. I had to rescue the true seed seedlings, meaning now I have to baby them all winter - grumble. I'd be without Yacon if it weren't for my family plot in another part of the property. Diversity (of planting locations) wins again.
Plans for 2018
* I have quite a few true seed to grow out.
* The best yielding, florific plants with good tuber characteristics will be used as seed parents.
* I'm looking for 2 more farms to participate in the West Carelton Calorie Project. This includes getting to grow out some unique varieties of sweet potatoes!
All about growing, selecting and using edible plants in the Ottawa valley.