It wasn't long before an army of sprouts appeared; popped out of the dirt, the opened seed pods looked like little helmets. It was such a hot summer, and even more so with the sweaty neck brace I had to wear. But because I was stuck at home, the plants were watered daily; it turned out to be a good sunflower summer.
One Saturday in July, Ken took me to a new Korean market. The discovery of several varieties of yams and sweet potatoes was the inspiration of a great idea - oven baked sweet potato chips!
Oblivious to the fact that our air-conditioning was working non-stop to keep us comfortable I bought home 6 yams to slice and bake in a 400* oven. Luckily, the oven wasn't preheating because it would have only made me feel more cross. I had to ditch the great idea when it became clear I was not able to bend my neck enough to see the knife on the cutting board. Forgotten in the "potato basket" kept in a dark, not so well air-conditioned space, the yams sprouted. And in a very short time!
The sprouts were long enough that they poked out of the sides of the basket and even looked like little plants. I cut them off of the potatoes, along with a small amount of the tuber then stuck them yam sprouts in my planters. Turns out, they also liked daily watering and I had some pretty luscious sweet potato vines for months.
Yesterday was the last day for those babies..
look what was buried under the frost
NB. sweet potato photo from honkeydonley.wordpress.com