Vintage Directions for Storing Sweet Potatoes

KEEPING SWEET POTATOES. Put a layer of corn-stalks on the smooth surface as thickly as you can, and cross-lay with another layer of stalks. Spread over the stalks about four inches of pine straw or any other straw. Next, nail together four planks or boards, forming a hollow. Bore holes in each side of this tolerably thick ; stand it on end in the center of the straw, and pile the potatoes around it. Put a layer of straw over the potatoes, and a layer of corn-stalks, setting on ends over it. Cover the stalks with dirt, spading it from close around the bank, thereby forming a ditch to turn the water from the potatoes. Be sure to let the top ends of the boards extend a little above the top of the bank.

Leave the top open until rain or cold snap comes, then cover with a piece of plank until the weather moderates. This hollow furnishes a channel through which air can readily reach the potatoes all around the center, and should be kept open as much as possible while the weather is moderately cool, but as winter approaches it should be kept closed. Potatoes always go through a sweat after being banked, and air distributed through them is very essential.—Southern Cultivator.

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