I agree - I like my potatoes separate so I can disturb the soil without concern. In particular, I've read that blueberries are loners and don't like competition or disturbed roots, although the don't seem to mind a few bulbs as they die back before the blueberries really get going for the summer.
James Landreth wrote:I learned the hard way never to plant potatoes around perennials. Digging them disturbs the roots and you'll never get them all.
On another note, I have successfully transplanted potato plants. Just be sure to water them enough to get them started
there must be a 1,000 different ways to grow them
James Landreth wrote:Thanks for all the info everyone! I love growing potatoes in ground, but this year I'm trying in containers too (voles keep eating the ones in my garden). Does anyone have a link to Su Ba's threads?
Mary Wildfire wrote:Todd asked me to post pictures of my sweet potatoes suspended in water. I am tech-challenged. With help from my husband I managed to use the phone to take some pictures.
Ben Skiba wrote:Todd Bud I am in Northern Arizona as well.When do you usually plant your tatoes?I planted onions,cabbage,swiss chard already but didn't wanna jump the gun planting the potatoes.I was told wait by elders.
I've heard that potatoes won't grow through more than 4" of soil, so that would be an interesting experiment. My concern is if it was a small potato, it would run out of energy before reaching the surface. If you had a potato that had sprouted and was already many inches long and transplanted it carefully, that would make a difference also (like the ones I was chitting in the kitchen that were doing nothing, doing nothing, doing nothing, then all of a sudden, they're 5 inches tall!)
William Bronson wrote:Now I'm wondering if I could put 3 " of bedding into bottom of a single bucket, place my seed potatoes on that surface, and immediately fill the rest of the bucket.
Would the seed potatoes grow up through the layers of bedding?
Would it grow potatoes? I think I might try this.
Those aren't actually holes, William, they're flowering grass beside the barrel. If you look very carefully, they're on very thin stalks. Don't know what type of "grass".
William Bronson wrote:Jay, in that second picture, what's that showing through the holes in the side of the blue barrel?
That started off life wood chips mixed with Okara a friend needed to get rid of (if not mixed well with "browns", it gets really smelly, really fast), and then followed up over a year or so with veggie scraps, dead birds, etc. It takes a long time for wood to break down in a compost situation - I actually think they break down faster spread out on the ground with mushrooms and plants to help, but the wood chips were given to me when a company was hired to clear branches from the phone lines, so they were going to get chipped regardless and I figured I'd find a use for them. The version I used to hill the blue bin with, I actually put through a 1/4" hardware cloth sieve. If I was smart, I'd move a mushroom I spotted yesterday to that bin to help with further decomp!
William Bronson wrote:It looks kinda green, yet you seem to be hilling the plants with brownnwoodchips mulch.