When you look at your environment, there are always resources you can use with minimum impact to that environment. A resource found in abundance on our property is rock. We have found rock walls a wonderful way to enhance the garden, stop swale walls from eroding without stopping water flow, holding dirt off a site and to build a building.
Today our wwoofers did a bit of harvesting. Natalia, a Dutch wwoofer who stayed with us a few months ago, had planted some sweet potato on the lower side of one of our swales. Our English wwoofer Liz dug one up today and we were speechless by the size of it! It weighed in at over 3kg!
Of course, we had to eat some for lunch, and will have some more for dinner (yes, it is good for 2 meals for 5 – 7 people!)
Sweet potato which is said to be an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), a very good source of vitamin C and manganese, and a good source of copper, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, potassium and iron. Purple-fleshed sweet potatoes have the highest antioxidant activity among sweet potato varieties. If you are interested in the nutrient content of sweet potato, have a look here: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrientprofile&dbid=128 Continue reading