With the soil being so loose and all. It gives the root crops an easy path to grow. My main garden is made up of clay based soil with tons of organic matter added over the years and it is pretty loose now, but not as loose as my raised bed. And potatoes are root crops that should do nicely in the raised bed.ReptileAddiction wrote:Why would it be ideal for root crops? I plan to grow tomatoes and potatoes and stuff to.
I've know folks to grow potatoes in old tires. Take a tire and lay it on the ground and fill it with soil. Plant the potatoes and let them grow. Once they are several inches over the tire, add another tire and fill it with soil and repeat these steps as long as the plants are growing. When ready to harvest, tip over the tires and pick up the potatoes.ReptileAddiction wrote:That make much more sense now I thought you meant that it would be ideal for little plants (thats why I threw in potatoes I know they are a root crop )
Go to Youtube. Many people try this technique and many fail. Some talk about determinate and indeterminate potatoes. I've heard of short and long season. If I try this method, I would use fingerling type potatoes.ReptileAddiction wrote:I have heard of the tire way. I want to try getting a huge trash can and putting about 1 foot of soil in the bottom and then just keep filling it with soil as the plants get bigger. I heard that with this method you get tons of potatoes from like 4 plants.
Now there's a good idea.jal_ut wrote:My advice is to grow the things you like to eat. Enjoy!