How to Start Growing Sweet Potatoes at Home and their Health Benefits
Sweet Potatoes are expensive. However from just a couple of Sweet Potatoes you’ll be able to grow many kilo’s of them that will provide you with Sweet Potatoes for months to come. Sweet Potatoes store way longer than regular potatoes.
Start making the Sweet Potatoes slips in February for an abundant harvest at the end of the summer.
If you grew too much for your own consumption you could, besides giving them away to friends and relatives, consider to sell them to local vegetable stores.
The best results you get when you buy real organic ones. The higher price for sure will make up for a far better yield plus the fact that yours also are as natural as the ones you started with.
The sweet potato slips have been growing for four weeks and are growing faster than expected. Now the first slip are removed. You’ll see in this share what is really helping the slips grow so fast and strong.
The sweet potato slips are growing about an inch a day. You’ll see surprising test results with using different water sources. Also shown is how to “harvest” the slips, how many slips are harvested in the past two weeks and how well the new slips are doing in their new home.
It has been eight weeks since the start of growing the sweet potato slips and it is time to plant them in the garden. Now you’ll see how to quickly and easily prepare the soil for planting and how to space and take care for these young plants.
Why Sweet Potatoes are Healthy
1. They are high in vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 helps reduce the chemical homocysteine in our bodies. Homocysteine has been linked with degenerative diseases, including the prevention of heart attacks.
2. They are a good source of vitamin C. While most people know that vitamin C is important to help ward off cold and flu viruses, few people are aware that this crucial vitamin plays an important role in bone and tooth formation, digestion, and blood cell formation. It helps accelerate wound healing, produces collagen which helps maintain skin’s youthful elasticity, and is essential to helping us cope with stress. It even appears to help protect our body against toxins that may be linked to cancer.
3. They contain Vitamin D which is critical for immune system and overall health at this time of year. Both a vitamin and a hormone, vitamin D is primarily made in our bodies as a result of getting adequate sunlight. You may have heard about seasonal affective disorder (or SAD, as it is also called), which is linked to inadequate sunlight and therefore a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D plays an important role in our energy levels, moods, and helps to build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth, and it supports the thyroid gland.
4. Sweet potatoes contain iron. Most people are aware that we need the mineral iron to have adequate energy, but iron plays other important roles in our body, including red and white blood cell production, resistance to stress, proper immune functioning, and the metabolizing of protein, among other things.
5. Sweet potatoes are a good source of magnesium, which is the relaxation and anti-stress mineral. Magnesium is necessary for healthy artery, blood, bone, heart, muscle, and nerve function, yet experts estimate that approximately 80 percent of the population in North America may be deficient in this important mineral.