Re: [fukuoka_farming] Natural Gardening in Long Beach
> I'd like to know more about gardening without tilling. We have alot of bermuda and johnson grasses here. How do I get rid of them
without tilling? They kill everything we plant if we don't till.
If you have grasses that form root mats like bermuda grass, you'll
have to do an initial digging to dig them out. If they are pretty
established, you'll wind up digging out a foot of roots and top soil.
I would not suggest sifting the the roots to get some of that soil
back into the ground. If any little pieces of root end back in the
ground, you'll be stuck with the grass again.
I had to dig out my community garden plot I recently started. The
good thing is that once you dig out the grass, it's so much easier to
control. Part of the solution to dealing with grasses after getting
the garden started is working with plants that can survive with some
grass. It may be helpful to also plant the border with something that
will keep the grass at bay like sweet potato or a variety of clumping
bamboo. If you use bamboo (they come in dwarf varieties too), you
don't want a bamboo that reproduces by runners. Bamboo is a grass and
the running types will produce a root mat that is virtually
Another part of the solution is to plant so that very little to no
light reaches the ground. Grass are sun lovers. Exposed and desturbed
ground or open stretches of land is where they naturally thrive.
Deprive them of light and you eliminate them.
- Thanks Les,
I will try this on a small scale to start. Sounds workable for a small veg. garden or flowers either.
----- Original Message -----
From: les landeck
Sent: 7/4/2004 6:48:47 PM
Subject: Re: Re: [fukuoka_farming] Natural Gardening in Long Beach
- Miss Puffman
Do you pile the soil up sroung the sweet potatoes like you do the new potatoes? Is it too late to plant them this year?
- I plant the sweet potato slips in round depressions in the ground. These
depressions are called "hills." The hills are about the same dimension
across as a large salad bowl, and about as deep. The idea is to catch
water for the newly-planted slips until they are established. Once
they're established, you don't have to water.
You don't have to pile soil up around sweet potatoes. Sweet potato vines
grow along the ground like ivy. They don't stand up like white potato
vines (which do have to be earthed-up).
No, it's not to late to plant.
You can start slips in compost and have them in about six weeks. You can
start them in a glass of water, too, and have some in about 10 days. Put
the pointed end down in the water, and cut slips off as wanted.
The slips I planted this year were started in sand on March 1 of this
year. They came from sweet potatoes harvested on Thanksgiving day last
year. Holding sweet potatoes from the previous year's harvest in a box
of dry sand is a way to have slips ready to go when I want them.
Actually, if you don't want to mess with slips and all you need is weed
control, you can bury the sweet potatoes wherever you want and let them
take over. It may take a week or two for slips to emerge. Make sure you
get organic potatoes--others might have been sprayed with a sprout
Mary Jo Terry wrote:
> Miss PuffmanADVERTISEMENT
> Do you pile the soil up sroung the sweet potatoes like you do the new
> potatoes? Is it too late to plant them this year?
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- Once you have some sweet potato vines, you can just take cuttings
push them into the ground. Keep them moist until they root (about a
week or two).