[permaculture] No-till potatoes - surface cultivation and deep mulching

Claudia Joseph permie at earthlink.net
Wed Jun 27 15:01:53 EDT 2007

I had a problem with japanese sweet potatos - they were bitter.
I had heard that they do well in sand but I used compost and straw in  
the above ground cage because I had it.
Also, some that I picked earlier were sweeter.  The vine was  
extremely vigorous and dark green.
Anyone know the specifics?


On Jun 27, 2007, at 1:23 PM, Charles de Matas wrote:

> Thanks Lisa and others for the tip on growing potatoes.  The first  
> time I
> heard of this was from the Nearings' book.  I've been wondering  
> what other
> people's experience were with this method.  I don't grow potatoes,  
> but I
> have compacted clay soil and would like to grow sweet potatoes.   
> Maybe I'll
> try it with sweet potatoes.
> Charles
> <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
> Lisa in Oregon <lisamaciver8 at yahoo.com> wrote:
>   We use old hay, tucking it up around the plants as they grow so just
> a few inches of leaves peek out, leaving some in flakes, and shoving
> some down between the stems as they get large. I toss on weeds from
> other areas too. We grow in beds and the mulch gets 2' high, might
> be harder in rows. It eats up several bales for 100sgft. I bury the
> seed potatoes barely below the soil level (clay), the potatoes grow on
> the dirt-mulch boundary and if the mulch isn't think enough, the
> potatoes get green. We don't seem to end up with weed problems using
> old hay for potatoes (but then, this is all drip, no rain). When
> potatoes are harvested the mulch is reused on winter crops.
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