Sweet Potatoes!

We hope you're excited to grow sweet potatoes this year! We had great success last year and wanted to share with you what we did. We are not the authority on growing sweet potatoes- I'm sure there are many different ways to grow them. So please take our methods with a grain of salt and educate yourself further.

A great place to start is here:  extension.usu.edu

Why the Extension? They offer research-based information for Utah gardens! At this link you'll find more info on soil prep, irrigation, fertilization, and more.

Click on the images to read more about our journey. See you at Lambert Growers!

How to Grow New Potatoes in a Root Pouch or Container

People have successfully grown potatoes in all sorts of containers. Out of our 5 varieties (Yukon Gold, Russett Burbank, Red Pontiac, Norland Red, and All Blue), I chose Norland Red because they make great "new potatoes", or potatoes harvested earlier than normal during the growing season. They are thin-skinned and great for sautéing! 

  1. I filled the root pouch with 6 inches or more of soil/compost blend
  2. Look for the 'eyes' or the little nodules.
  3. Cut the potatoes into 3-5 pieces each, making sure each piece has an eye. These are the parts that will sprout eventually!
  4. Toss the potato chunks on top of the soil. Space 'em out evenly.
  5. Cover them with another 6 inches of a soil/compost blend and water them in well. Place container in a sunny spot. Try to water them thoroughly and then let them dry (not completely!) before soaking them again. You don't want your tots sitting in a swimming pool... they'll rot.

Since April weather can be finicky, note that you may not see foliage sprout for over week, if that! After foliage emerges, you will want to cover it with frost cloth if the temperatures dip below 35-38º. 


20180430_144519.jpg

Ta daaaaah! It took less than 10 days to see foliage sprout. But let's be real, they were in our warm greenhouse. But hey, this is what yours will look like soon enough!

I'm going to let the foliage get a little bigger before I cover them up again.  This should encourage more tubers (aka potatoes!)


  1. Finally ready to cover!
  2. Tuck a soil/compost mix in all around the foliage. Just when you think you've found all the nooks and crannies, water it in. This will help settle the soil down in there. You can top off any sink holes again. Water it in one more time and let the sun do it's job.
  3. Another 14 days later. I'll fertilize one more time with another organic fertilizer in the next week.

Planting Lambert's Beet Starts

Get the most out of your vegetable 4-packs from Lambert's. Here's a series of photos of how we've had personal success thinning out and planting beet starts from our 4-packs.  

  1. There should be around 4-5 beets plants in each pack (about 16-20 plants/4-pack)
  2. Start by breaking up some of the soil around the roots. 
  3. Begin separating out a plant by pulling the plant gently away from the others
  4. You can gently pinch the base of the plant where the roots have formed to make sure they stay intact during the process.
  5. Dig a hole deep enough for the roots to fit without being crammed in the there. You will bury the plant level with the soil so that all the roots are buried. Lightly pack the soil around the base of the plant.
  6. You can space beets as close as 4-6 inches apart. The young tender leaves can be harvested as the root forms. They are delicious in salads and high in vitamins!