Maybe I am growing the wrong variety of beet. I usually have the best luck with detroit dk red....but they are not "huge root systems"
A good hot weather green. The vines really put out a lot of leaves fast.
I just stuck Sweet Potatoes half way in the ground in the shade and waited. A critter ate the Garnet Yam (actually all yams that they sell or grow in the US are sweet potatoes - weird, but true) so I tried again, burying the whole thing. Jewel Yams and Garnet Yams and Asian Sweet Potatoes produced leaves fastest for me. The plain old pale Sweet Potato was very slow. I am not going to try that again.
I started them in pots and will transplant. It seemed like the best thing to do since I started this experiment in the heat of August, and doubted that they would be happy rooting in that heat.
I have eaten the leaves raw, and they are definitely OK. A little bland, with a little spicyness. They are a little mucilaginous, but not bad.
I hope this is useful information.
This source sounds more credible.
I hope this is useful to some.
Thus should NOT be a problem with organic produce (except possibly supermarket "organic")
Know your farmer.
Craig Dobbelyu wrote:I've read the Sweet potato is treated with a chemical to inhibit growth. Apparently this is done to prevent folk from growing them out and to keep them lasting longer on the store shelf. Is there a way to avoid this or to remove the chemical?
Craig..I don't know about treated sw. potatoes but once you are able to sprout and grow a variety of sweet potato that you like be sure to save a number of true to type roots for the next years slips. I have had great success for twelve years with the same variety that someone else had been growing for decades...they actually mailed me a box of a few fairly small ones to start with. maybe someone local to you would share a few potatoes or as someone else mentioned buy organic ones for slips.
...and thanks for the beet advice...I've never grown golden ones...I think the main problem is our spring weather is practically nonexsistant lately and I can't get them planted early enough before it gets too hot for them. I'm pretty sure they wouldn't grow well here over the summer but I'm not able to get a fall crop either. I like your method of thinning, I am probably not diligent enough about that.
and the seeds can help with constipation (3-5 seeds) from what i understand
also dont forget beans...the beans themselves are nutritionally dense and the plant parts can go right to your manure machines, rabbits in my case.
i dont think that grocery store sweet potatoes are frequently treated with chemicals to prevent sprouting, but sometimes they are put under refrigeration, which effectively kills them. way to pass on misinformation silly, what chemicals did you personally actually see sprayed on sweet potatoes for grocery stores?
also, don't know about texas, but it's illegal to propagate or move/distribute kudzu in florida.
For nutrient density, it's not only the nutrient content of the vegetable in general, but how it is grown, and how it is prepared for eating (eg nutrients from a cooked carrot are more easily assimilated than from a raw one; cook veges in closed pots or dishes and eat/drink the cooking water etc). Weston Price are a good place to start for getting the most out of food.
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