Now is the time to start those sweet potato slips for us down in the Louisiana and Gulf area. You’re supposed to start them around 6 weeks before planting (after the last frost date). While the last frost date around here is in about 2-3 weeks, there is no way in hell I think that’s a good time. (Maybe planting a few early ones).
Last year (a warmish winter) we had a frost the first week of April, and I’m expecting something similar this year. 6 weeks gives me plenty of time to get past even a late frost. Apparently the wisdom around here is “plant after Easter”. Well this year Easter is April 20th, so that is about 5 weeks away.
If anybody wants some slips who lives locally let me know and I can grow you some! I have 4 sweet potato varieties.
If you don’t know how to start sweet potatoes here is a link that explains it in full. Its TOO easy not to do.
Also here are some pictures of me doing mine.
I highly recommend the vardeman variety. I just can’t recommend that one enough. Here is a picture last year of them happy and healthy in the bed.