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Can sweet potatoes grow in straw like Irish potatoes?

Posted by dianega 7 - ATL (My Page) on
Fri, May 14, 10 at 15:39

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?

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RE: Can sweet potatoes grow in straw like Irish potatoes?

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.

RE: Can sweet potatoes grow in straw like Irish potatoes?

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.


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