I found sweet potatoes are very easy to grow here in Adelaide plain as we have mild winters. Easier to grow than potato as you can simply leave sweet potatoes growing all year round. I usually have one spare plants growing in winter so I can cut some young shoots to propagate several new sweet potato plants when spring comes. Cut the shoots and put them in water by the window and roots grow from the veins very quick. Sweet potatoes are now weeds in our garden. If I buried the plants after harvesting, thinking in will be composted in winter, I have new plants popping out when the weather warm- can be invasive.
So I planned to plant more sweet potatoes in containers last spring as it grow without care and isolated it with other summer crops because of its invasive characteristic. To make the garden more productive I planted fast crop like Asian greens together with the young sweet potato plants. The one without Asian greens were already completely harvested. You can still have another round of fast crop with it like radish or bean and top up with compost later.
Grow without care...
But this situation welcome small critters to take shelter from the heat.
We did got some decent harvest from it, although we harvested it earlier than usual.
However, mice enjoyed them first.
Those pest even enjoyed the big ones until all left were only skin.
The ones that were save for us is the young tubers growing under the polystyrene in the ground soil. None harvest from the container for us.
Those polystyrene container were badly chewed on by mice to make bigger holes.
What we also found?
3 blind mice.
Still blind and unable to run.
The mice parents were not in time to take their babies out.
There were actually 4 babies, one of them, one of the parents tried to get it away.
But with all the confusion, squealing, hubby did not realised there were a baby mice under his boot as it was covered with sweet potato veins.
The parents were a bit agitated as it keeps running around as we put the babies in a pot near us while we clean up the area. Rayyan even named the babies- Mickey, Totoro and Ponyo. Told Rayyan we can't keep them as a pet. He was a bit upset followed his father to allocate them far away in the garden at the back of the reserve land.
Thats the story of 3 blind mice.
Have a nice weekend.