End of July my husband wanted me to start some sweet potatoes. Late start, but then I do live in zone 8. I bought some slips and planted them on some land we own about 20 minutes away. Sadly another drought, but not as bad as last year. I was able to water them once or twice a week. Mulch, them, etc.
Today he dug them up for me with a garden fork, and first dig got us 2 huge nice looking potatoes. It worked. Big sigh of relief, we let a vine grow in our backyard garden one year, someone said it was a sweet potato, it went everywhere. Started digging end of year, no tubers. Not a sweet potato. I'd forgotten that kind soul gave me a "potato vine" which I neglected and threw into the garden for compost, as I did some old sweet potatoes. Now we weed that pretty vine every year. Relieved to see the sweet potatoes this time, he dug up the rest. Some were large and plump, some medium sized, and some long skinny things.
So we will let them cure. A couple weeks in the kitchen then at least a couple weeks in the cooler garage? Now the little skinny ones we were tempted to simply plant back in the ground.
Question, can't these little ones be used to start slips? Do we store them in the garage till early spring? Or do I need to larger ones to do that. Or I may simply plant the tiny ones into some new raised beds near our house just to see if they do anything. (Easier to water) Then the little ones would either grow or turn into compost.
Suggestions? What do you do with the little sweet potatoes, and how best to get new starts for the next year.