last year! Certainly, the foliage was much better this year, more lush, longer vines. First couple of plants proved less than exciting: three or four tubers about the size of Farmer Man's thumb. Then, things started to get better: Four or five under each plant with one of a size comparable to what might be available in the stores! Total harvest of seven pounds, with three tubers weighing in at a pound or a little less! Waaaaay better than last years' harvest! We started with a dozen cuttings, and lost one plant shortly after transplant. Not bad! The biggest, most unfortunately, we broke so we have to eat it - we'll let you know how it tastes.
Questions abound now: we should probably eat some, especially those that we broke or dinged. Will we be able to save little ones for replanting or will they perish through the winter? Should I take some root cuttings now to pot up? Should we not eat the one perfect large one and save it for replanting? Was this really worth it, seeing how we paid more for the cuttings than it would cost to buy three decent-sized sweet potatoes? If we can save our own seed potatoes, does that make it more worthwhile? And if we'd received the cuttings earlier (or had our own seed to plant early) would we get a better harvest? And how the heck should we cook what may be our one and only feast of home-grown sweet potato?