Spring Garden Tips
Sweet Potatoes, Tasty and Nutritious

Sweet potatoes have long been a part of many family Thanksgivings and now are expanding into our meals year round.

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sweet potatoes are nutritiousThis outstanding source of beta-carotene provides 35 to 90% of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin A. Plus, the colorful sweet potato is loaded with vitamin C, potassium, and contains more fiber (when eaten with the skin on) than oatmeal. A good source of antioxidants, this anti-inflammatory vegetable is also a good food source for those suffering from arthritis and asthma.

And try the young leaves in soups, stews or steamed and served with fish, okra and chile peppers. They are a great source of nutrients, iron, fiber and more.

Try growing your own next season. Those gardening in cooler regions and areas with a shorter growing season may want to use raised beds and black mulch to warm the soil and speed growth.

A bit more information: And don’t discard those sweet potatoes that sprout in storage. Make it a fun gardening activity for the family. Plant the sprouting sweet potato in a container of well-drained potting mix. Grow in a sunny window and water as needed. They make a great indoor plant or take cuttings and start new plants for your garden.


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