Tom Kendall plants sweet potato cuttings at Maungaraeeda.

The Sweet Potato Bed and an Abundance of Compost.

The Sweet Potato Bed and an Abundance of Compost.

Starting with a depleted soil piece of ground and wishing to get a nice yield of Sweet potato we will need to build the soil fertility up. With the Bio-digester Chicken Compost being very productive this is a great opportunity to utilize the product available.

Tom Kendall creates a new sweet potato bed at Maungaraeeda.
Opening up the soil to prepare for the new sweet potato beds.

The starting process of opening up the soil and removing some stones that were 100 – 150 mm down. Dug  through again and then adding three wheel barrows of compost and turning it in.

Tom Kendalls sweet potato bed with compost dug through at Maungaraeeda..
The soil with three wheel barrows of compost turned through.

I then added another four wheel barrow loads of compost and left it on top.

Tom Kendalls composted garden bed at Maungaraeeda.
The bed now fully composted up.

The compost I am using is the out flow from the bio-digester that has sawdust added  and then processed by chooks.

Tom Kendall using chickens to turn his Bio-digester compost at Maungaraeeda.
The Bio-digester Chicken Compost area.

I have added a lot of compost to the garden bed however I am not necessarily expecting a bumper crop. The yield that I am wanting is a reasonable harvest of sweet potatoes and a left over soil that is on its way to becoming deep and fertile. I can be extravagant with the compost because I have set up a system that produces  a good sized wheel barrow load per day. And I have to use it or I will end up with a “pollution” of compost. A great system I think.

Tom Kendall plants sweet potato cuttings at Maungaraeeda.
Mulched and planted with sweet potato cuttings.

Then with a nice thick layer, five wheel barrow loads of mulch, I planted in the sweet potato cuttings.

One of my most favorite gardening jobs, building up garden beds!!


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  1. I had a day of compost yesterday – not in your quantities by any stretch of the imagination…. Your soil is going to be excellent!

    1. In time there could be an issue with the soil progress due to limited diversity in the compost. However as the pastures improve in diversity with their management program this may not occur.
      You gotta love a good compost!!

      1. Yes, I’m sure as your diversity improves the compost will as well.

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