Even though we had one night in the 30Fs over last weekend, the forecast for this week was hot, hot, hot. Yesterday was to be the start of the 90 degree weather. The above bed was the baby greens bed. I needed it empty so I could plant the sweet potatoes in time for the heat wave. Sweet potatoes love heat. My greens don't. So I harvested everything that was ready and cleaned up the bed.
What was left was my kohlrabi. It was an experiment to see if they could bulb up enough to harvest before June 1st (my normal sweet potato planting time). They didn't quite make it but are close. I'll leave them in until the last of my slips are ready.
But the Garnet sweet potatoes still hadn't really leafed out enough to root them. They were very, very slow. Last year I had trouble too. I'm either going to have to start them in January or February or overwinter some vines in the house next year if I want Garnets. If they get big enough I'll put them in the middle of the bed where the kohlrabi is now. Not the most ideal location as the other sweet potato vines might overwhelm them, but I hope it works. Maybe in a week I can get them into the ground. If I feel I can't, I have some more Purple and Beauregard to take their place.
This year I'm doing three rows across the bed and each plant about 16" apart. Last year I put them much closer and though they needed more room. I'll see if the yields are better this way or if I should keep them at the close spacing.