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Sweet Potato

Packed with nutrients, sweet potatoes are a staple food all over the world. In the United States, they are usually made into a sweet pie for Thanksgiving Day.

Size: 6 to 8 inches long.

Sunlight requirements: Full sun.

Water requirements: 1 inch of water per week.

Soil requirements: Well-drained, warm soil.

When to plant: After the last frost, when the soil is warm.

Where to plant: Plant slips 4 to 5 inches deep and 3 inches wide, 1 inch apart.

When to harvest: As soon as leaves turn yellow; 100 to 140 days, depending on season.

Product storage: Cure for five to 10 days in a warm, humid place; store in a cool place for another six to eight weeks; can be stored for a few months.

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