Going a little off track today. I found this amazing article about how to grow sweet potatoes in plastic DIY containers. I thought this justified a place here because this really is a 'green' way to produce a chemical free 'organic' sweet potato crop.
"Often people say you can’t grow certain things certain ways. So, when last summer I decided to leave a single leftover sweet potato that I was using to create slips for field planting in the starting tote, I knew I was going against the grain. The tote was about half full already with a mixture of our homemade compost, coir, and worm castings – a nice, rich, water retentive mixture that we use as our go to for seed starting and other such purposes."
There's a very comprehensive description of exactly how Jon Moody goes about this fascinating exercise if you want to try this yourself. Here's a small excerpt to whet your appetite. How to grow sweet potatoes in a way you've never seen before.
It All Started With Some Free Mineral Tubs
In rural areas, farms with large animals use a fair number of these each month, especially if the farm operation is large and has lots of animals. Instead of a one-way trip to the landfill, we collect them and use them for all sorts of farm projects – storage, worm composting, soil block mixing, and container growing, among many other options.