So in the last post, we showed how we grew our sweet potato slips. This is why we did it, we are hoping to have some sweet potatoes and here is how we planted them about three weeks ago.
The first thing I did was get a galvanized trashcan. It was already destined to be used as a planter so I had drilled holes in the bottom and around the outside edge. A few of you noticed the cans in the garden pictures when we got the mulch done and wondered why we had them.
I filled up the lower part with one bag (1.5 cubic feet) of organic potting soil. Total to fill the can was about four cubic feet.
After the first layer, I put a layer of composted soil and manure just to add some nutrients as the roots and potatoes grow downward into the can.
Then I topped it off with more garden soil. The watering mechanism is a soaker hose that's normally used for trees. It just happened to fit the top of the can perfectly. It could be a tiny bit smaller but we're still hoping that this works just as well.
Lastly, it was just a matter of putting in the sweet potato slips. I put two in each trashcan container. Hopefully even if one fails the other will make it. If they both make it, maybe we'll have twice as many potatoes, ha.
|Sweet potatoes growing in galvanized trashcans|
OK, so it's not the most attractive set up in the world but hey, if we end up with sweet potatoes, that's all that matters. We'll keep you updated on their progress over the next few months, they are a long season crop and we've already had them in their containers for a few weeks.