Do nothing sweet potato

  • Do nothing sweet potato

    Posted by MartHale7 on October 18, 2023 at 4:23 pm

    https://youtu.be/_LnLpleXDT0

    This is why I love sweet potatoes. I leave some behind so that they start runners for the next year. The less you do for sweet potatoes the better they seem to do, less fertilizer does seem to do them better.

    This year I am running an experiment where I just let the weeds group up around them, I am curious how they will do with the weeds.

    MartHale7 replied 7 months, 1 week ago 8 Members · 14 Replies
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  • Daddio7

    Member
    October 18, 2023 at 4:54 pm

    I live in Florida mine did not like that at all. I am still letting them grow trying to get some size.

    • MartHale7

      Member
      October 18, 2023 at 4:55 pm

      I also am in Florida, variety makes all the difference.

  • Cheryl-TN

    Member
    October 18, 2023 at 5:14 pm

    If I could grow just one dang slip, I’d be thrilled!!! I did it once and the mole/vole/shrew… whatever…. Ate it.

    • MartHale7

      Member
      October 18, 2023 at 5:35 pm

      Yeah best to setup a grow box like Danny shows on his video and get slips off that plant and plant in multiple locations..

      Always a struggle to plant enough for yourself, and the critters.

      • PapaSlim

        Member
        October 24, 2023 at 11:01 am

        Has anyone ever tried potatoes in containers

      • sunshine-homestead

        Member
        October 24, 2023 at 4:31 pm

        Yes, and it works well for me. I use mineral tubs as 5 gal buckets are too small, IMHO.

      • PapaSlim

        Member
        October 24, 2023 at 11:59 pm

        Thanks I was thinking of trying it but was unsure

  • FaithK

    Member
    October 24, 2023 at 10:32 pm

    About to post a video about my sweet potato harvest. I also did “nothing” to them, I think they got watered about 3x through our severe drought this summer. The weeds – almost all regrowing pasture-style grass – were super thick. I may run a stirrup hoe around them next year to let the vines move around a little and establish more roots without as much weed pressure, but once they’ve set a few new roots down, I’ll be back to “do nothing” again. I feel like the extra weeds around kept the surrounding soil moister and cooler.

    • MartHale7

      Member
      October 25, 2023 at 4:31 pm

      It is a trade off weeds around can hide the sweet potato leaves from bugs, weeds can take nutrients from the sweet potato….. Makes me wonder if we can find weeds that are good companion plants to the sweet potato..

  • Bellemeadow

    Member
    October 27, 2023 at 3:48 pm

    I was amazed this year when I started digging under the Bermuda grass that invaded my sweet potatoes- huge ones were hiding under there! Not as many where the ground was weed free?🤷🏽‍♀️You might have something there😊.

    • MartHale7

      Member
      October 28, 2023 at 2:06 pm

      Yeah, was not my idea, but store it from the book “One Straw Revolution”. The man started asking the question, “What would happen if we did not do this in gardening / farming?” That question has not left my brain.

  • MartHale7

    Member
    October 28, 2023 at 3:14 pm

    https://gardeningbank.com/sweet-potato-companion-plants/

    • Inquisitive

      Member
      November 5, 2023 at 12:42 pm

      The sweet potato is not closely related to a potato. It is closely related to the morning glory. Ipomoea family. (Hope I spelled that right). That fact alone would make me wonder at the accuracy of the rest of the contents in this.

      • MartHale7

        Member
        November 5, 2023 at 12:44 pm

        That is a good point, thus we should be looking for companion plants for the morning glory…

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