Plant yourself a sweet treat – a sweet potato, that is.
You’ll need to first grow “slips,” vines that sprout from the potato’s buds. Place the sweet potato in a container of water with one-third of it exposed by toothpicks stuck into its sides. Keep it in a sunny location, and in a few weeks a vine with several stems should begin to sprout.
Once you have several slips – as many as 50 can grow on one sweet potato – carefully remove the sprouts from the potato. In a shallow bowl filled with water, place the sprouts so half is underwater and half hangs over the bowl’s rim. Roots will begin to grow after a few days, and when the roots are about an inch long, they’re ready to plant.
Plant the sweet potato slips outside and have a homegrown favorite by this time next year.