Sweet potatoes

Despite grey skies and a steady drizzle, I drove off to the annual Floralies in St Thibery early this morning. By the time I arrived the weather had picked up considerably and all the stalls were covered in plants of every type, both for the potager and the borders.

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Despite having a greenhouse full of vegetable plants grown from seed I couldn’t resist buying yellow courgettes, grafted aubergines and yellow peppers, two gherkin plants, a couple of rhubarb, a bougainvillea and three sweet potato plants. I haven’t grown them before so I looked to YouTube for a bit of advice. This chap seemed to be putting into practice all that I read so I’ve followed suit. We’ll see what happens.

Here’s how mine are looking.

By the way, sweet potatoes are great for diabetics – I’m Type 2, but I can keep it in check by diet. They have just about half the calories of normal potatoes and a much lower glycemic index – which means the sugars are released much more slowly so avoiding spikes in blood sugars. Sweet potatoes are considered a superfood for diabetics, says the American Diabetes Association (AMA).

They have been shown to stabilise blood-sugar levels by lowering insulin resistance. They contain a high amount of fibre, which also helps to reduce levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol in the body.