Of course when I decided to explore the tangle of vines that have been inhabiting the eastern half of my garden since June, it was an impromptu post-work visit in fading daylight and dropping temperatures.
All it took was finding the first potato to spur a fury of digging. An ill-advised fury of barehanded clawing is more accurate. I lost a lot of good fingernails that day.
|Not terribly sweet potatoes.|
One interesting note is that, apparently, sweet potatoes have to be cured after harvest to increase sweetness. Industrial operations hold them for 2 or 3 days at about 90F and 90% relative humidity. The potatoes continue to live after harvest and digest their own starches into sugars. It also helps the skins heal from damages during harvest.
I don't actually like sweet potatoes, but I'm happy that I can grow them. Like most other products of my garden, these will eventually become portrait subjects. While they're curing it'll give me plenty of time to find an interesting way to light a potato.