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How to Store Sweet Potatoes

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow! Former Extension Agent Morgan Sass, now with Ag South, was talking about how to store her bumper crop of sweet potatoes which  need to stay above 55 degrees – but a heated house is too hot. I called   Making It Grow regular Tony Melton and this is what he said. . Put  three inches of pine straw on the ground. Place a single layer of sweet potatoes on top, not letting them touch. Put another   three inches of straw over that and repeat the process over and over.,  . To top it off, put at least eight inches of soil over the top and sides of the mound – like icing on a cake. Then put a piece of tin over the top to keep the mound dry from the rain . When you need potatoes, just dig in  and get as many as you need for supper. 

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.