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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Sweet Potato

Finally, a very pleasing result in the Sweet Potato bed this year. Previously the prolific white Sweet Potato had taken over the bed and shaded out the Orange variety after two years the last of the white has been weeded out and the Orange replanted each time. The Orange has thrived and the crop is very healthy. Getting rid of the unwanted variety was achieved through deep digging over several times until all pieces were removed down to the smallest segment. The thriving replacement crop is thanks to a very heavy application of last years compost made in the NZ Compost Bin. Once the crop is fully harvested the bed will be dug over again to ensure no white stragglers remain and another heavy application of compost incorporated with the left over Orange segments. Celebrated with a mashed Sweet Potato and Pumpkin (with a little Fish Sauce to enhance the flavour). Sweet potato varieties with dark orange flesh have more beta carotene than those with light-coloured flesh

Orange Sweet Potato

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