Sweet Potatoes

Animal Safety: Dogs: With Care Cats: No Rabbits: With care

Free Grazing: No -in its raw state sweet potatoes can be toxic
Lifespan: Vegetable planted as needed

Sow: March to April
Harvest: August to October
Soil Type: moisture-retentive, free-draining soil, in (they are particularly happy in organic rich sand).
Position: a sheltered, sunny position
Growth: depending on variety planted. Vines spread to 20 ft.; tubers average 4-6 in
Varieties: There are over 400 sweet potato varieties around the world

How to use:
Free grazing:
Dogs: Do not allow animals to free graze as the vines and leaves can be poisonous.
Cats: Do not allow animals to free graze as the vines and leaves can be poisonous.
Rabbits: Rabbits can eat sweet potato vines and leaves but sparingly.

Raw:
Dogs: Dogs should not eat raw sweet potato as it contains solanine which is toxic to dogs.
Cats: Cats should not be fed raw sweet potato as it contains sloaneine which is toxic to cats.
Rabbits: Even though rabbits can process lots of green vegetables, they can only eat the vine and leaves of the sweet potato, even then it should only be in small quantities.

Cooked:
Dogs: cooked sweet potato can be fed to dogs in moderation.
Cats: A cat would not thank you for sweet potato, too much would cause digestive problems.
Rabbits: Not safe to be fed cooked vegetables.

Storage:
Fresh:
Fresh sweet potatoes can be stored in a cool dry area for a number of weeks, in the fridge for up to 2 months and in the freezer even longer.

Cooked:
Cooked sweet potatoes can last in the fridge for up to 3 to 5 days, longer in the freezer.



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