Mark Reed wrote:Pearl, do you have your own sweet potatoes you have grown before so that you are sure of their habit as far as how deep the roots form?
I can't recommend growing sweet potatoes enough. Your idea to interplant them with other crops sounds great to me but not sure another crop that is harvested by digging is the right choice. As long as they each have enough of their own space and your sure of the depth your variety puts its roots it might work.
Wonder if that's a variety trait? I had some in New Mexico get into a bamboo bed, climb them, and run totally amok. Some ended up 8+ feet above the ground. And I didn't teach them that trick, or encourage it. They are biologically related to a morning glory, and morning glories did that too, so I wasn't startled at all. I'm wondering why yours don't climb. Mine always have. Could also be a climate thing. Not sure. Interesting!
It's easy to just lift them and twine the vines on a fence but I've never seen one climbs on it's own like a bean does.
Mark Reed wrote:Pearl, did those that climbed actually twist around the bamboo like a bean does? I have had them climb to the top of cattle panels but just by growing through them and getting caught, with me helping once in a while by sticking them back through. I think it would about have to be a genetic thing, I would love to get the genetics of a true climbing habit into my mix.