Last year's garden boxes yielded an impressive harvest of sweet potatoes.
Considered a "super food", this yummy root packed with beta carotene
is one of my family's favorites.
This is just a small sampling of our yield.
Planting our garden above ground in boxes gave us the best
harvest we have ever had.
I planted sweet potatoes in each box...
between the other vegetables.
While the other veggies were flourishing above ground,
the sweet potatoes were growing big and nutritious below.
A large harvest left me with the problem of how to preserve these
Because we don't have a root cellar, per se,
I had to come up with another idea.
Follow me downstairs to our basement...
When we built our home,
we kept a small room in one corner to use as excess
We left the heat ducts out of this room, so that it would
maintain a constant temperature in the 50's.
It is here that we have our freezers,
and our home-canned goods, along with other
Our frozen and preserved vegetables have gotten us through the winter.
The sweet potatoes I washed, dried and packed in plastic totes
filled with clean fresh pine bedding.
I placed each layer of potatoes in the bin
so that they would not touch each other.
Then I covered them with more bedding
so that none were exposed to the air.
We have eaten them all winter long.
5 months after I dug them up
they still look as good as the day they were harvested...
free from decay; and no eyes have formed.
This idea has been a winner for us.
I plan to do the same this summer.
Oh, and how excited I am for gardening season,