Margaret Lauterbach

Margaret Lauterbach

Tips for growing sweet potatoes in Idaho

I have some favorite plants in the vegetable garden, and one of the most treasured is the sweet potato. The vining sweet potato plant shades soil, winding around peppers and eggplants, and between rows of carrots, beans, beets and other plants. The vines shade bits of bare soil, preventing weed seeds from landing on soil at times, and other times, preventing their germination. It’s a pretty vine, too, with edible leaves. I’ve not eaten the leaves, and I’d caution against eating too many from one plant because chlorophyll manufactured in the leaves feeds the roots (including the sweet potato tubers).

About Margaret Lauterbach

Margaret Lauterbach

The Statesman's weekly gardening columnist, Margaret Lauterbach has advised Treasure Valley gardeners on everything from sowing to composting to coping with the soils, pests and diseases of this unique climate. Send garden questions to melauter@earthlink.net or Gardening, The Statesman, P.O. Box 40, Boise, ID 83707.

Into the garden with Margaret Lauterbach

Idaho Statesman gardening columnist Margaret Lauterbach spends time in her early spring garden, reflecting on why we love gardening so much.
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