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MADISON, S.D. — Janice Doremus makes a point of growing something new in her garden each year.
Doremus grows a variety of vegetables and flowers each year. This year, her husband Dwaine harvested a sweet potato that tipped the Post Office scales at 11 lbs., 7.4 oz. Doremus said that potato was definitely one of the bigger sweet potatoes they have grown. They pulled a 6-lb. sweet potato from the ground two or three years ago.
"Sweet potatoes are kind of a tropical plant," she said. "They like the heat."
Doremus said that she plants the sweet potatoes in a mound that extends the length of the row.
"I had close to 22 plants this year," she said. "They're a beautiful plant."
Doremus said sweet potatoes vine out throughout the summer, and she has to occasionally pull up the vines so they don't root into the ground.
"This year I was real faithful with the runners," she said.
This year, her total sweet potato harvest was 246 pounds.
"Sweet potatoes like a long growing season," she said. "As soon as it freezes, you need the top cut and then dig them up right away."
With her abundant crop, Doremus said, she's looking forward to trying some new recipes that have sweet potato as an ingredient. She may even try canning some, but she dreads the processing time, which is 90 minutes in a pressure cooker.
Doremus said this year she's been blessed with an abundance in several parts of her garden, including raspberries and peanuts.
"I try to grow one new thing in my garden that I haven't planted before," she said. "This year I planted peanuts."
Doremus said she found a package of peanut seeds at Domestic Seed in Madison and grew seven plants. She started digging under one of the bushes last week.
"I think it's the biggest peanuts I've seen," she said.
The daughter of a gardener and a farmer, Doremus said that it takes her about seven years to get a good garden spot established, and she's worked on this garden for the past nine years.
"I love to see things grow, so I just plant," she said.