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sweet potato variety

 
                                
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the wife has given me permission to plant sweet potato in the garden beds.  yay, i am moving closer to a more edible yard.  anyways, i was looking for a fast maturing variety for my relatively short growing season in ohio.  anyone with experience in this have recommendations?
 
John Polk
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Sweet potatoes are like okra...they do best south of the Mason-Dixon Line, but can be grown in the north.  Check local seed distributors for specific recommendations.  Here is a good over view (but it is from south of the M-D Line):
http://www.ncsweetpotatoes.com/sp-varieties.html
Good luck...they are a welcome addition to any garden or dinner table.
 
nancy sutton
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Thought I'd just read this...
http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/growing-sweet-potatoes-zm0z11zsto.aspx
 
Kathleen Sanderson
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Check seed catalogs from northern states.  Also, look at the Sand Hill Preservation Center catalog on-line -- they have a LOT of sweet potato varieties and note which are best suited for northern climates. 

Kathleen
 
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Beaureguard works for Kansas. I know a market gardener who raises it.
 
                                
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excellent article...thx nancy.  if she can grow them in canada, i can grow them in ohio.  look forward to trying this next year. 
i think i've settled on vardaman for 2 reasons.  1)  i am growing these in flower beds and this is a bush variety  2) they have a shorter growing season than most varieties which will help in my climate.
 
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