Can sweet potatoes grow in straw like Irish potatoes?

dianega(7 - ATL)May 14, 2010

I was thinking of planting sweet potatoes in a big, half whiskey barrel, but it would be awfully heavy/messy to tip over the barrel and not crazy about having to reach in up to my elbows to dig them out by hand.

I'm trying Irish potatoes in straw this year since it sounds a lot cleaner to harvest that way... has anyone tried the same with sweet potatoes? Or any other suggestions to make harvesting easier?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
wayne_5 zone 6a Central Indiana

I've never had any sweetpotatoes raised in straw, but tried some in leaves once. They grew about 18 inches long and were very very skinny.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 4:23PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

A gardener who doesn't like playing in the dirt??? ;)

Unfortunately root crops like potatoes, whether sweets or Irish, need to be dug out of the soil - even when those potatoes are grown in straw. All you need is a potato fork to dig them up with.


    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 6:07PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Using landscape fabric instead of hilling potatoes?
I've got a large veggie garden that gets out of control...
soil-less medium
I have been reading past posts on what medium to plant...
potatoes have taken over cellar!
I had a good season with potatoes and stored a bunch...
Who do you gift your veges to?
When working, I always brought a bag of veges to work...
How to search in forum?
I've been looking for a way to search only in forum...
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™