Growing sweet potatoes
Craving something sweet to eat? Iowa Valley Continuing Education is offering "Growing Sweet Potatoes" on Tuesday, June 10 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.
Although sweet potatoes are a tropical perennial plant, you can grow excellent sweet potatoes in Iowa. They need warm soil for planting, hot summers, and sufficient moisture at the beginning of their growth, but are relatively drought tolerant, which is good news in our current climate. Varieties with shorter maturity periods are better suited for our northern growing season, with less than 4 months of good growing season for sweet potatoes. Learn the basics of growing sweet potatoes organically in your garden, including selecting varieties and amounts to plant, sources for sweet potato 'slips' for planting, preparing the soil, planting and growing methods, irrigation, weed, pest, and disease control, harvest, and storage. We will also talk about enjoying your harvest with sweet potato recipes and tips for preservation.
Participants will take part in planting a bed with sweet potatoes and should dress accordingly. A handout will be provided on course material as well as further resources to explore. Participants may choose to purchase sweet potato slips to plant in their garden from the instructor. In case of severe weather or wet conditions, class will be held indoors at the farm. Otherwise class will be held outside in the open and participants will be standing. The instructor for this class will be Jordan Scheibel.
The class will take place at the Middle Way Farm, 3633 Hwy 146, Grinnell. Register for course number ENV 1003 (1) by contacting Iowa Valley Continuing Education at 1-800-284-4823 or 641-752-4645. Cost of the class is $12. For more information about this class and future classes check out the IVCE website at www.IowaValley.com.