Vermont School Garden

A visit to a Vermont public school garden through the seasons.

Digging Potatoes, Digging for Gold!

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WOW, big sweet potatoes!

WOW, big sweet potatoes!

The best harvesting fun EVER is hunting up potatoes buried deep in the soil in unexpected bunches. When one potato is found there’s a good chance that it’s part of  a cluster of growing tubers magically snuggled together underground. In June two types of potatoes were planted. We found a source for sweet potato slips at Agway in New Hampshire. Sweet potato slips are grown from  the previous year’s potatoes. We tried unsuccessfully to grow our own slips last year. The Agway slips were the right type for our cooler New England soil temperatures and they delivered well! Be aware that dense vines accompany sweet potato plants. They require many strong arms to haul out of the garden as you can see in the pictures below. Yukon Gold potatoes were donated by Westminster Organics at Harlow Farm. They went into the ground as whole potatoes.The After School Program kids and the fifth graders combined forces to harvest our potatoes. Some of the crop will fill Thanksgiving baskets donated to families. Others will be stored for cooking projects. The fifth graders have already roasted a bunch, learning to cut them properly with a knife and fork when they were ready.

Look at this one!

Sweet Potato vines cleared

Sweet Potato vines cleared

Hauling the vines awayusing a spadeanother treasure discoveredproud harvesteerproud Harvesters


Author: vermontschoolgarden

I have been an elementary teacher at the Westminster Center School for 30 years. For most of those years, I maintained a garden as part of my teaching curriculum resource. Now I am the Garden Coordinator for all of the Westminster Center School classrooms.

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