I don’t know about you, but I am so excited to get this growing season underway! The best part about gardening is that there is usually more than one way to grow something. Not only do sweet potatoes grow well directly in the ground, but they also can grow in large containers or bags. This is great for those who don’t have a large space to grow, but still want to join the Dane County Sweet Potato Project in growing sweet potatoes for the community. Below, I will explain different ways to grow sweet potatoes besides in the ground:
- Bags. From large burlap coffee sacks to reusable grocery bags, there are many inexpensive bags to grow sweet potatoes in. These types of bags have little holes in them to keep roots aerated. One thing to keep in mind when using this method is to water your plant more often and keep the soil moist because the water runs through the holes and can become dry quickly if left for a few days. Mulching the top of the soil is also helpful to retain soil moisture.
- Large Pots or Earthboxes. Large pots or a store-bought or homemade Earthbox could be a great addition to a patio for easy planting of sweet potatoes. When growing in hard sided containers make sure there is holes for proper drainage. Check out University of Maryland-Extension for more information: Here
Pros of Container Gardening:
- Great for small spaces
- Good to use when soil in ground is not good quality
- Can be inexpensive
Cons of Container Gardening:
- Soil can dry out faster (may need to water everyday)
- Can have a smaller harvest or smaller potatoes
- Plant can become root-bound
I hope this information opens your eyes to new and different ways of gardening. Happy Gardening!