Late in the spring we had planted a variety of sweet potatoes and yams in our perennial garden. The Japanese Yams (red on the outside, creamy flesh) were the most prolific. Eight or ten very large tubers were crowded together under the vine nexus where the original slip was planted. They can be found not far under the surface, and they extend vertically down quite deep so they have to be carefully dug out. They bottom part of the potato can be as much as a foot under the surface of the soil. They are excellent at opening up your soil for future crops. By the time you have dug the potatoes, the area is thoroughly aerated. We left tiny potatoes and portions of fleshy roots in the soil to produce next year's crop.
|Sue and Cathi with our sweet|
potatoes and yams and a couple of
We took another soil test in just half the garden (C and D rows) and we are amending the soil as follows: For a 25 foot row about three feet wide (approx. 75 square feete), we are mixing 1 part garden soil from the row, 1 part mushroom compost, and 1 part peat moss. We combine them in a wheelbarrow along with 1 cup of sulphur. Mix well and spread on the row. It purportedly takes several months for the pH to change, and the change should not be dramatic. We hope to bring it down under 7.0 at least. We'll take another soil test in the spring to see how we did, and we'll watch our plants closely to see how they react. If it works, we'll apply our remedy to the other half of the garden in the spring.
|Cathi and Sue at the end of the C row that has been sown with|
Abruzzi rye after amending
with peat moss, sulphur, and mushroom compost
As soon as the weather gets just a little cooler, we'll be sowing and planting our winter crops. They should look pretty good by our Fall Open House on November 1. Hope you will plan to be there.\