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This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

Sweet Potato Slips Available in KC

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Hot off the presses!  (Well, okay, I missed the pickup tonight.) 

Steve, the organizer for the Food Not Lawns class that I took earlier this year, just posted some information about the Kansas City Sweet Potato Project and the slips that they have available for anyone interested in trying their hand at growing these.   If you're in the Kansas City area, go here to find out the pickup times and locations which includes this Saturday afternoon.  Even if you didn't place an advance order, they say they have plenty available for everyone.

I'm seriously considering growing the variety called "Black Heart" in the front yard where their vines can cascade over our 4-foot rock wall.   Since the trim on our house is black and white, I think it would  look pretty cool.

Or maybe "Marguerite" with its gorgeous lime green leaves. Thrives in any conditions and is a great ground cover.

Or check out the "Tricolor".  It's a little less vigorous than the others and provides stunningly beautiful landscaping.  And it's edible to boot!

Actually, I'd love to plant Black Heart and Tricolor together, because I think it would be stunning in striped row or something similiar to this picture.  What do you think?

And did you know....sweet potatoes will store for 1 year without refrigeration?  Plant them in June, so now's the time. 

Sharing this post with this week's Rural Thursday hop.


  1. Love the tri-color variety. Beautiful!

  2. The Marguerite is my favorite for it's vivid colour but I am trying the purple one this year too. Pamela


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