Monday, March 7, 2016

Growing Sweet Potato

To my surprise, I could find the tuber germinating from the compost pot……

The sweet potato, botanical name- Ipomoea Batatas is a warm season tropical plant. Sweet potato belongs to root category. From the compost dump, the tuber started growing, planted the same on a heap of earth. 
Planted the germinated tuber on the ground on top of a heap of earth and raised beds which was a mixture of compost soil. 

Plants are also grown with the stem slips, these stems can be inserted into the raised bed.
Planted 8 saplings.

Harvesting started after 200 days, Since the ground was not properly loosened or plowed, the tuber could not grow in size

Growing Tips: Plow ground at least 0.5 meters deep, so that the tuber could penetrate well into the ground.

sweet potatoes

Cooking Tips: Cook potato well and have with chilly powder or chilly chutney
Health Benefits: Sweet potato can be consumed as roasted, steamed, baked, or grilled. adding them to soups and stews while garnishing with leafy greens for salads.

Vitamin B6
Cures Heart attacks
Fiber, Potassium & Magnesium
Low blood sugar and insulin resistance in people with diabetes and controls blood pressure.
Less calories
Compared to ordinary potato
Vitamin C&D
Good for skin, avoids flu virus, good for bone and tooth, digestion and supports thyroid gland
Increased energy, resistance to stress, proper im­mune functioning, and the metabolizing of protein

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