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Comment by Karen Clark z7b Pacific NW on March 22, 2011 at 6:48pm
I've read that my area isn't the best for sweet potatoes.  I did manage to get some things in the ground today, but it is awfully wet.  I will plant again Thursday as tomorrow is hiking day for us.  I threw my coffee grounds about making sure to put some where I plan to put the potatoes.  If they like acid, they will love coffee.  Weeds are happy with all the rain.
Comment by diana Z9 Houston, Texas on March 22, 2011 at 6:08pm
I agree, sweet potatoes are better to grow than red.  My soil is sort of loose too.  The plants look beautiful and then at the end, dig it up and real disappointed.
Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on March 22, 2011 at 1:01pm
Potatoes -- Got to agree with Patrick's observations that those posting on youtube don't seem to be overly satisfied with the results they are getting...nor are folks I personally know who have tried the bag method.  I've tried and am currently using a garbage can that is cut off to about 2/3 high and for soil, use partially completed compost, used potting soil, wood chips, sand and styrofoam peanuts combination.  It's a really loose mix that will not stay overly wet .. the soil we grew potatoes in up in CT was awfully dry and loose so I just try to match that.    Crops have been so-so.  Sweet potatoes do a lot better.   Cheers!
Comment by Karen Clark z7b Pacific NW on March 22, 2011 at 12:05pm
I haven't managed to get outside yet...wash, beds etc are getting in the way. thxs for the potato update, Patrick.  I could also try the strawberry method I read about cutting holes  up the tower.  I have two towers and cld do a test of sorts.   Yes, Miko, we often use words that hurt not realizing origins of the word.  We recently changed a name of one of our creeks because the Indian word meant whore instead of just female Indian. I could get rich on snails and slugs! I'd get some ducks but they don't care where they poop and then I'd have to find a market for duck poop that is enriched with digested snails and slugs...very hard to gather it up that wet gooey stuff; let alone how filthy my pond would get.  Koi would be pooping duck poo on top of their own poo.  The story goes on and on to more disgusting outcomes. LOL
Comment by Patrick A. Goss SC Zone 7a on March 22, 2011 at 11:52am

Karen I would definetly start out with trying your mix. I was just watching some videos on you tube. Most of the potato towers that I saw people digging up produced disapointing results. My thinking is that there was so much weight it compacted the soil preventing potato production. If that doesn't work or at least work well I would try adding a little bit more straw to the mix before I added any more dirt. I would try and prevent putting them too close together too. That may increase soil pressure and cause compaction preventing potato production.

Personally I have some sqft boxes that are a little deeper than the others, (about 18in.). I will add dirt as they grow. This is the first time I tried this and will let you know how it goes. Last year I grew potatos for the first time. I used grow bags that you can find on gardners.com. I got better production than most of the video's I looked at, but it was still a less than stellar performance.

 

I hope my insight is helpful and informative.

 

Pat

 

Comment by Minako Sargent Fukuda on March 22, 2011 at 11:38am
leilani turn the snails into a business, collect them and advertise them for petowners that use them for feed for reptiles., if you dont want money have them pay you in seeds or earth and such like , this way both win either way!n organic garden the snails are snapt up quickly , no poison in their system! safe for the other critters.
Comment by Minako Sargent Fukuda on March 22, 2011 at 11:31am
Thanks Karen for being a teacher, I dont know much about ustralian history this was quiet interesting for me, it just shows we use terms and have absolutly no idea what it means, and by using words that way we actually could make someone feel real bad or worse without wanting to, It makes me think anyway , I like abo art and want to learn bushfoods etc. have nothing against them I think that one got told a  lie and believes it without asking questions! I even found out how to get rid of a earthbound spirit like a hounted house, from an aboriginal, and its so easy to do , they have such a vast knowledge , I am sorry this one doesn,t come and ask!
Comment by Karen Clark z7b Pacific NW on March 22, 2011 at 11:19am
Welcome to the rain experience!  Sunny here today so I'm getting outside to do something...anything will be better than what I've done for over a week now.  Rain rain stay away for just a bit please!  Hubby took dogs to the beach promising to remember to buy cat and dog food before coming home.  Off the computer into the sunshine!
Comment by Karen Clark z7b Pacific NW on March 22, 2011 at 10:58am

I am investigating more about planting my potatoes in a tower.  The question is to use straw and/or compost and soil.  From one video using straw I was disappointed in the lack of what it produced.  My thinking is compost and soil.  What do you guys think?  I have my towers made of hog wire with left over pond liner wrap. 

Comment by Karen Clark z7b Pacific NW on March 22, 2011 at 10:55am
That's what I get from looking the term up on Wikipedia. 
 

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