I intended to eat this sweet potato.
But then I didn’t.
Then it started to sprout and thrive and I would have felt guilty eating it.
And I didn’t really want to eat it anyway.
So, recalling that in the past I had purchased a purple, leafy vine called sweet potato vine for my planters, and that when I dug it up out of my planters at the end of the season the root looked very much like a sweet potato, I decided I was going to re-purpose this sweet potato for my garden.
Brilliant. I know.
About 2 weeks ago, I chopped up the potato, leaving a few sprouts in each chunk, and planted it in a planter on my deck.
And then I waited.
A week had gone by and there was no indication that my experiment worked.
In talking with Uncle Brian and Papa about my craftiness when I was back in Kentucky this weekend, they weren’t so sure my plan would work because I had cut up the potato. Apparently, the sweet potato needs to remain whole to act as an energy source for the plant.
Oh well. It wasn’t a major investment.
Imagine my delight when I saw these little suckers sprouting up out of the soil on Sunday evening.
Here they are 1 day later, Monday.
This is what they looked like today, 3 days later.
I’ll have a nice trailing vine in no time!
Judging by my level of vegetable gardening prowess, I would call this pure luck.
Good thing I didn’t eat that sweet potato. The universe had bigger plans for it.
While we’re on the topic of my deck container garden, I would like to take this opportunity to share an update on my pea plants.
This is day 13.
Time to stick ‘em!
In parting, I would like to suggest that you chop up any sprouting vegetables in your kitchen and then promptly plant them in some soil and see what happens. While I may have lost out on some serious Vitamin A in neglecting to eat this sweet potato, I sure have learned some valuable gardening lessons and kept my kitchen from smelling funky.
Happy adventurous gardening.
Y’all come back,