[Market-farming] Planting Sweet Potatoes

Glen Eco Farm glenecofarm at planetcomm.net
Fri Jun 13 21:00:40 EDT 2008

I don't know about the heat.  We tried black plastic on our ridge one year. 
Our memory is not clear, but I think there is a greater risk of moles or 
voles getting in there and eating the tators.  Wouldn't less rain water get 
to the roots?
One thing we do have a clear memory of is the deer eating off the sweet 
potato leaves.

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From: "Allan Balliett" <aballiett at frontiernet.net>
To: "Market Farming" <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thursday, June 12, 2008 9:33 PM
Subject: [Market-farming] Planting Sweet Potatoes

>I just got my slips today and will plant them tomorrow.
> I'm in the mid-Atlantic, near DC.
> Temps have been in the 90s recently and, at best, will be in the 80's
> for the next many months.
> Is there any soil temp related reason why I should plant the sweet
> potates on black plastic?
> We usually get good enough weed suppression from the spud leaves that
> I don't worry about that.
> But things I've read recently make me think that MAYBE I should be
> providing more soil heat.
> What do you think
> -Allan Balliett
> Shepherstown, WV
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