Up till this summer I have never had a successful sweet potato crop. Deer, rabbits and all sorts of critters feasted on the greens long before I could get the tubers.
But finally this year I got up my fencing around the bed, planted the sweet potato starts and kept the critters hungry. By now I have half a bed covered in sprawling sweet potato vines and even crawling through the gates. I just hope they don’t smother the tomatoes in the same bed.
The Covington went in first, but a late cool snap killed of about half. The Beauregard was a replacement.
Honestly, I planted too early, but local stores are inconsistent in stocking them—some years they do and some years they don’t. The online sources run out early so I get them when I can and plant them ASAP.
I will try to get a picture in. But I have a little challenge first. My gates are constructed of 2x4 lumber with a 48” square mesh in the middle of the frame. This mesh is working great at keeping out the critters. But to access the garden I lift out the gates—it was the easiest way to construct. By now the sweet potato vines are crawling up the mesh and really holding the gates down!
I would like to add more fencing in the future to other gates, but I would like lighter construction and a swing-out gate. The bed dimensions are 8’x16’. Any suggestions?
Some places need to be wild
Who knew that furniture could be so violent? Put this tiny ad out there to see what happens: