|Mr. Hugh Byrd of Kennesaw with sweet potatoes from his garden.|
PHOTO/Ellen Shelnutt, Master Gardener Volunteer
Here at the Cobb Extension office, we had a wonderful reminder from a local gardener, Mr. Hugh Byrd, that harvest time is here. The reminder was in the form of four giant sweet potatoes that he harvested from just one plant in his garden!
The variety that he grew this year is Beauregard, which is a great variety for home gardeners in our area. The tubers are sweet, getting even sweeter after curing for a couple of weeks in a warm location, and they cook up soft.
Mr. Byrd has been gardening in his Kennesaw yard for about 20 years, having taken over the task when his wife, the original family gardener, developed health problems. She now focuses her food-growing efforts on growing tomatoes in large containers near the house. The couple has been married for 60 years.
We have been assured that, if the next plant Mr. Byrd digs up has even larger sweet potatoes, he will let us know.