The Failed Sweet Potato Experiment
On July 5 I wrote post called Grow Sweet Potatoes in Southeast Michigan and Recycle Your Old Tires at the Same Time.
In a nutshell, we were attempting to grow our sweet potatoes vertically by stacking tires as the plant grew. It idea was, when fall came we could knock over the stack of tires and WALA! Piles of spuds. 50 pounds per stack!
That was the idea....
All summer, as the plants grew over the top of the stack, we would throw another tire on top and run out to the manure pile (beautiful, 2 year old rotted manure- aka "black gold- Michigan tea"), scoop a load with Alice (our Alice Chalmers tractor has a front end loader and her name is Alice), and fill the stack to the top. As you can see below the stacks got pretty tall.
The photos below are of our "crop." All 5 potatoes!
We will not give up! There must be a way to grow sweet potatoes in the Thumb of Michigan. We will be trying the tire method again next year with significant modifications. In the meantime we were able to harvest breakfast for the next couple days and will have a long winter to tweak our approach.