[Homestead] Sweet Potato harvest
genegerue at ruralize.com
Wed Nov 12 18:07:55 EST 2008
On Nov 12, 2008, at 3:55 PM, Clansgian at wmconnect.com wrote:
> The first thing you should note from this thread is that I am a
> sucky sweet
> potato grower. I'd use caution listening to anything I have to say
> about it.
> Marie and Gene are more successful than I am and I think I've got a
> lot of
> reviewing of my sweet potato husbandry at this point.
I am more inclined to believe that growing sweet potatoes well is due
less to gardener ability and more to garden soil, location and
weather. For instance, a garden that slopes southeast warms more
quickly in the spring. Paradoxically, the good gardening practice of
heavy winter mulch insulates the soil and slows down springtime soil
warming considerably. Moisture, while somewhat under the control of
the gardener through irrigation, is more effective when it comes
naturally from the sky, bringing nitrogen and applying itself broadly.
And certainly, latitude and elevation play strong roles in garden bed
heat not only early but throughout the summer gardening season.
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