Sweet potato project

I am experimenting with how I prefer to grow sweet potatoes, this year.

Putting them in the ground worked.  But, they weren’t as easy to harvest as the white potatoes are.  A couple of the big ones broke when I was digging them out.  So, I conclude that they aren’t as good a choice to plant in my NC clay as white potatoes.  Also, the bed I used is next to the fence where the Round-up happy neighbor lives and they vine.

Among the gardening catalogs that show up toward the end of every winter, Chuck spotted Potato Grow Bags from Gardeners Supply.  We we debated and pondered.  I, finally, decided that it was worth trying them on the deck where the vines can wander through the rails and they won’t be in a brick when it’s time to dig them out.

We got 2 of the 18″ X 18″ bags and it took a full yard of dirt to fill each one.  I put slips in the one on the left,

Slips

and half the potato with serious roots on the right.

rooted potato

In the ground, last year, I couldn’t tell if one way to start was better than the other.   This should allow me to decide.

 

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under planting, Sweet potatoes

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s