a journal of our edible education

Sweet Potato Teepee

Call them forts, clubhouses or hideouts; children have been drawn to small secretive spaces as long as there have been bed sheets and living room furniture. You can spare your coffee table by growing your own teepee with just a few bamboo poles, some string and several vigorous sweet potato vines. We planted slips (the growths that sprout from sweet potatoes left on the counter too long) back in May, and our vines are just now reaching about seven feet. We’ll enjoy the tee-pee for a few more weeks then we’ll start digging underneath to see if we’ve gotten any potatoes.

Just Our Size

Hiding Out

The View From Inside

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3 responses

  1. Judy Bingham

    What a happy group, enjoying the second book, the world of nature.  Good work! jb

    >________________________________ > From: The Garden at OJA >To: bingham_judy@yahoo.com >Sent: Friday, September 14, 2012 7:00 AM >Subject: [New post] Sweet Potato Teepee > > > WordPress.com >mrjonesatoja posted: “Call them forts, clubhouses or hideouts, children have been drawn to small secretive spaces as long as there have been bed sheets and living room furniture. You can spare your coffee table by growing your own teepee with just a few bamboo poles, some stri” >

    September 15, 2012 at 10:48 am

  2. This is just what I needed! My bean teepee has been struggling and my recent vacation was not helpful. I have some sweet potato volunteers and was wondering if I could just use them, as they were quite vigorous for me last summer. Thanks to Google Images, I found this sweet potato picture and your blog. There is hope for my teepee and I found a great blog to follow. Thanks!

    June 11, 2014 at 10:39 am

    • Hi Sarah, Thanks for checking out our blog. Good luck with your teepee. The potato vines will need a little help climbing since they don’t have tendrils that cling to things but they are quite vigorous and with a little “weaving” should cover nicely.

      June 13, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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