Ok, you planted your sweet potatoes in the ground as I explained in the March 2011 post. Its now early summer or for my area late May/June and the leaves for the slips have come up out of the ground. If they have not, be patient, wait.
Dig, (as you see in second photo), the potatoes from out of the ground being careful to keep all the slips/leaves attached to the potato. Carefully remove the slips at the potato with roots & any bit of potato that comes with it..(see photo 5)not necessary for production if you don’t have potato still attached. Have a trench dug about 4 or 5 inches deep and place individual slips in the trench(photo 6). Cover with dirt, water & wait till fall. I will post the final process then. Which will include getting dirty, digging & pure excited squeals as you find your treasure of sweet potatoes~
Go ahead & plant the left over potato which the slips were taken from. Sometimes it takes off & grows more slips thus more potatoes. Don’t dig it up though, leave it to grow as it is.
In the meantime, as leaves grow, you can eat them as you would spinach/cooked or raw. Be careful not to pull all the leaves or you won’t have sweet potatoes! The leaves grab the sunshine allowing potatoes to grow. Kind of like biting the hand that feeds you…resist~