[permaculture] No-till potatoes - surface cultivation and deep mulching
diebrand at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 27 18:07:01 EDT 2007
I didnt know that you can grow sweet potatoes above the ground.
Can you explain how it is done. And how are the Japanese
sweet potatoes different from other sweet potatoes. I used
to live in Japan, but didnt do any gardening then.
Claudia Joseph <permie at earthlink.net> wrote:
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.
> Lisa in Oregon
> 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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