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Roots, leaves, shoots in one dish!

Here’s a quick and easy side dish I fixed the other day made from the leaves, shoots, and young roots of Japanese red sweet potato in my garden. Wash and tear, or coarsely chop, sweet potato leaves and shoot tips….

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A variety of sweet potatoes

I love growing sweet potatoes. They’re easy and delicious, but they do take up space, and I don’t have room for many plants.  Unfortunately, the slips are usually sold in bunches of 12 or more, which in the past has…

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Reminder – This Saturday September 24, Carroll County Sweetpotato Expo

Saturday, September 24, 2011 2-4PM UMC Core Center Demonstration Food Garden(Behind Shipley Arena at Carroll Agriculture Center) Come out & meet our own Mr. Sweetpotato Activities include Games; Contests Be sure to bring your biggest Sweetpotato Bring your Best Sweetpotato…

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"If you can grow him, he ain’t no problem to get rid of"

They’re ugly, disease-prone, and difficult to grow. But Hayman sweet potatoes have been growing in Eastern Shore gardens and fields since 1856. Sweet potato lovers put their names on waiting lists to buy these sugary, creamy-white heirloom treats—which may be…

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Ornamental sweet potato fries

Another in the We Eat Them So You Don’t Have To… No, Wait, You Should series. Last night at my house we had oven-baked sweet potato fries, made with this recipe.   Tasty although I used a little too much…

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For rent: “Bob’s Sustainable Sweet Potato Protectors”

I’ve finally dreamed up a solution to the perplexing problem of how to prevent voles, commonly called meadow mice, from eating sweet potatoes growing in your garden. I still remember the desperation of two Columbia Gardeners who approached me after…

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Sweet potatoes

One of the best parts of this year’s Harvest Festival for us at the Derwood demo garden (besides having enough mouse melons to hand out to everyone who wanted one – hurray!) was what a great sweet potato harvest we…

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