Re: [fukuoka_farming] Natural Gardening in Long Beach
- 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).