I love experimenting in the garden. I was thinking recently that there must be a better way to grow sweet potato than in the ground. I wondered if sweet potato could be layered like potatoes can, so this is what I have come up with.
My sweet potato tower.
I started with 4 stakes and some chicken wire. (ignore the green bits they are weeds)
Then I covered the base with newspaper to smother the weeds.
I had a pot with some sweet potato cuttings in it (two types). I emptied this into the middle
of the tower.
I then added compost and worm farm compost around and slightly over the sweet potato.
I intend to keep building up the compost in the tower to raise the level and encourage the sweet potato to grow upwards and produce more tubers as it moves up vertically. I intend to let the leaves of the sweet potato grow out the sides, but I will keep them trimmed, so they don't then start growing in the garden around the tower. This should look interesting too, a productive green tower. I think I might put a tube down the middle to assist with keeping it watered.
I'll let you know how it progresses.
This is so much fun :)
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