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Brandon Greer
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I have an area which I prepared earlier this Spring but never got anything planted in it. I was thinking maybe some sweet potatoes. Is it too late to plant sweet potatoes in North Texas?
 
John Elliott
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Not at all! I haven't got my sweet potatoes or peanuts in, and it may be a couple more weeks before I do. This year is off to late start, what with the Polar Vortex hanging around so long. But if we get the hot weather crops like peanuts and sweet potatoes and okra in now, we've got a good six months until things get too cool for them in November or so.
 
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That's good to hear. I actually have some okra and peanuts which didn't get planted either, so I think I'll plant those too.

What is good to interplant with sweet potatoes?
 
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Brandon Greer wrote:
What is good to interplant with sweet potatoes?


Tall stuff -- like okra. Sweet potatoes, squash, and peanuts fall into the spreading ground cover group, so okra can go well with all three. I wouldn't recommend corn though. I never have gotten the hang of planting a three sisters garden exactly right, where the corn provides the poles for the beans, and the squash ground cover provides a living mulch. Sometimes there is so much corn that it shades out the squash, other times there is not enough and the beans don't have enough poles to climb. I haven't had those kind of problems with okra, it doesn't seem to provide so much of a canopy that things have a hard time spreading under it.
 
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On sweet potatoes....I have planted them even well into June and still made a decent crop. They don't like chill at all....nights in the 50's and they won't grow much anyway.
My best Three Sisters gardens were when I planted the corn in clumps of 3 or 4 stalks and then 3 or 4 feet or more between clumps. I'd plant the corn early and let it get a couple of feet tall before adding the intercrops, thus it never gets overwhelmed. The beans would go near the clumps and the squash somewhere in the spaces between. The vines tangle the group of cornstalks together and it's much stronger than by themselves or in rows.
 
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