Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sweet Potatoes and eggs

We got a frost Monday night and when I went outside yesterday, all my sweet potato plants had turned black. I decided to dig them up and see if we got anything before planting our winter cover crop in it's place. I didn't expect to get anything because I planted them in clay. Mostly, I planted them to break up the clay, I've heard sweet potatoes are good for that.

So, Logan and I started digging and Logan found a few sweet potatoes under one of the plants. It was very exciting! So, we kept digging and finding more and more potatoes! I was really shocked.

Here are just 2 of the plants we dug up.

Here is our final sweet potato harvest. 20 pounds! (They are all piled up here, so it is hard to see how many it really is. I guess I should have spread them out for the picture.)


And to add to all the excitement, a couple of our new girls have started laying. You can see their eggs here with Buttercup's eggs. I forgot how small first eggs are. They are so cute!

13 comments:

Wendy said...

Wow! What a bonus considering you didn't even expect to get any sweet potatoes. They look awesome!

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

a good haul

Zachary and Jennifer said...

Nice!

Those first eggs are always cute. :-)

Jennifer

Gayle said...

I have never thought of growing sweet potatoes. My hubby would love it. I can't wait to get my new laying hens. I miss fresh eggs.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Congrats on the nice surprises! An especially nice reward after the gardening frustrations you had this year. And eggs.....glorious eggs!

This calls for sweet potato pie!

~Lisa

Linda said...

Oh that was so nice! And eggs to boot! First eggs are cute aren't they?

ga.farmwoman said...

Sweet potatoes do love Georgia's red clay, for some reason. Looks like a good harvest.
Those first eggs are cute.
Have a great day.
Pam

Sue said...

It's like Christmas in the garden!

Gail said...

Our crop was small thanks to the deer loving the plants.

Have you tried growing a sweet potato vine in a vase? Just stick a potato in water and it starts to grow.

linda m said...

What a nice surprise! Looks like a good haul of sweet potatoes ( one of my favorite vegetables). I'm happy to hear you are getting eggs again. Hubby and I are getting anxious to see you all.

CeeCee said...

You got quite the haul of sweet potatoes considering you didn't have any expectations. They are one of the most forgiving things to grow in a garden. Mine withstood 68 days above 100* this summer!

Hooray on the eggs! I'm pretty sure my hens should be done laying forever. They will be 6 years old this spring and I got very few eggs this past year.

Melody said...

Love your sweet potato success! Way to go!

Leslie said...

Wow! you got a great harvest of sweet potatoes. I was especially interested to hear you planted them in clay, That is what I have. I am going to give them a try next year. The eggs are great too!