Crafty-cristy and C&K Williams - welcome, and thanks for following my blog....
Growing your own sweet potato slips for planting in the garden is something that all backyard gardeners should do - because it's just really easy, and kinda fun too...Although there are probably tons of tutorials on the internet on how to do it, this post is my contribution, and hopefully it will be easy to understand.
In the picture below, you can see my little sweet potato that was kept from last year's fall harvest just for this purpose, and is almost ready at this point.
Photo below - roots are the first thing to emerge after suspending in a glass of water, and this one certainly has lots of healthy looking roots in it.
Photo below - here's a closeup of the top growth....Each little "branch" can be stuck into some moistened soil, and after about a week will have it's own roots form from it.
And if that doesn't make sense, here's a video I made about the whole process. Sorry for the shaking of the camera while shooting it - it was made with my phone, and difficult to hold steady with my left hand the whole time. Anyway, you'll see me plant clusters of growth into a cellpack - although normally each individual shoot would be rooted...I hope you enjoy it!
After shooting that little video, I went inside and made a batch of blackberry jam from the ones put into the freezer last year. Man, that stuff's good - and really easy to make, too....This year's harvest will begin hopefully this weekend, and at least 2 gallons will go into the freezer, I figure....
Take care, and happy gardening