What to do? Hurricane Sandy & Sweet Potato Crop
I started harvesting sweet potatoes 2-3 weeks ago, had some nice sized roots but lots of small thin ones so decided to give them more time. Planned to harvest in mid to late November.
Then Hurricane Sandy changed course, and is headed our way. We live on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Several predictions have Sandy making landfall on the Delmarva Peninsula. That's close. Maybe 20 miles east of us.
I decided to harvest them today - three 30' rows in addition to picking tons of tomatoes and peppers, putting row cover over all the fall veg beds. I have to leave Fri morning, won't be home until Sat afternoon when rain and deteriorating conditions are forecast.
Should I harvest now or leave them in the ground?
When the storm passes, we expect wind, several inches of rain and coastal flooding. The gardens may be under a few inches of water for several hours or longer. I've heard it's best to harvest sweets when the soil is dry. After the storm, I expect the ground to be saturated. I don't know how long - but maybe weeks.
Ya'll live in an area of weather extremes. What would you do?