Planting your own food is something very basic, very natural for everyone. At least, that’s how it should be since planting and producing our own food is part of our past. It is a major component of our heritage, if you really think about it. Somehow, in the past, that’s one of the things that our forebears did to gather and procure food for themselves and their families. And then again you don’t need to look that far back; because there are many all over the world who still plant and grow the food that they themselves eat. If you have the space and the time for it, planting your own food is really a very good option especially if you are growing to grow it organically. That way, you would at least be sure of the quality of the food that you’re eating and where it comes from.
If I am to be given a choice myself, I would definitely choose to grow more of my food. It is just so interesting to me to be able to consume food that I have planted and grown myself. The whole situation and likelihood of me having the capability of actually producing my own food just appeals to me so much that I simply cannot let the opportunity pass by without me trying it. What I am interested in right now is planting potatoes and/or sweet potatoes. Of course I picked it because I simply love to eat it and growing it is just a natural thing for me to do. Since I love to consume it, I might as well plant and grow it myself.
Planting Your Own Sweet Potatoes
For me, the best way to enjoy sweet potatoes is to plant and grow them yourself. And there is the right way to do it, which would yield the best possible results and sweet potatoes that are of the highest quality, or at least close to it. The following relates the steps on how to learn how to plant sweet potatoes:
• You need to start the slips first. Sweet potatoes are not actually started from seeds like most other plants, but from slips, which are shoots that are grown from the mature sweet potato. Several mature sweet potatoes are actually required to produce the slips. A single sweet potato is capable of producing about 50 slip sprouts.
• After sprouting, the sweet potatoes need to be separated into plantable strips. To be able to do this properly, each sprout needs to be taken and then twisted off of the sweet potato. Each sprout should be laid in a shallow bowl and the bottom half of the stem has to be submerged under water with the leaves of the sprout hanging over the bowl’s rim.
• The next step is also among the most important. You need to prepare the soil as well as you can. Commence plating the slips by digging a hole that is about four or five inches deep and three inches wide. One slip should be placed in each hole with the roots pointing downwards. After planting all of the slips, water it thoroughly.