What Is Zone 8?
Zone 8 refers to the area between zones 7 and 10. The average temperature there is generally around 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 C). It includes parts of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. It is a vast region with many different climates. Some areas are very arid while others have mild winters. There are also some areas which experience hot summers and cold winters. Most of the time it is not too warm or cold outside but sometimes it can get very hot during summer months.
How Do You Grow Potatoes In Zone 8?
Potato varieties grown in zone 8 include: Red Raspberries, Sweet Corn, Yellow Pole Beans, Blue Eyed Peas, French Fries and Muskmelons. These types of potatoes require less care than other kinds of potatoes. They need little watering and they do not require any special soil preparation. However, they will grow better if planted in well drained soil.
The most common type of potato used for food is the sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are native to South America. They were introduced into Europe and North America where they became popular foods such as pies, cakes, ice cream and candies. They are very nutritious and are an excellent addition to any diet.
Sweet potatoes should be planted in well worked, fertile soil that is free of lumps and clods. New land that has been cleared by burning is ideal and if you have this sort of soil available to you then you are very fortunate indeed. It should be deeply dug and well fertilized with farmyard manure or the droppings from sheep, cattle or chickens.
The best time to plant sweet potatoes is between September and November. The soil temperature should be at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit before planting. Sweet potatoes grow vigorously during the fall and do best when not growing any warmer than 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Sweet potatoes should be planted 4 to 5 inches deep and spaced 9 to 12 inches apart. It is best not to plant them where any other kind of potato has been grown in the past 3 years.
When is the Best Time to Plant Sweet Potatoes in Northern California?
The best time to plant sweet potatoes in Northern California is between March and July. Ideally you need to wait until the ground has warmed up completely. This usually occurs in April when there has been more than a few days of sunshine and the soil temperature has had a chance to go up significantly. You can test the soil temperature by burying a bucket deep into the ground and making note of the temperature that the bottom of the bucket reaches. If it is less than 60 degrees Fahrenheit, you will need to wait a little longer for the soil to warm.
Also if there has been a lot of rain in the months leading up to harvest, you might want to consider waiting a little longer to plant, since potatoes don’t do well in soil that is either too wet or too dry. If the soil is too wet, they will have a hard time developing their roots, and if the soil is too dry, they are more likely to contract a disease or fungal infection.
What Kind of Soil Do Sweet Potatoes Like?
The ideal soil for growing sweet potatoes is loose, well-draining and slightly acidic (pH of 5.5 to 6.5). The soil should be light enough to cultivate easily but have good fertility.
How Do I Plant My Sweet Potatoes?
Sweet potatoes can be planted whole or the “eye” of the sweet potato can be planted. To do this, prick the skin of the sweet potato several times with a toothpick to allow the shoots to emerge. This will take between 7 and 21 days, depending largely upon the temperature of the soil at the time. If planting the entire sweet potato, plant it at approximately 1 foot apart (as measured from the tip of the stem to the root) and 2 to 3 inches deep.
When is the Best Time to Plant Watermelons in California?
The best time to plant watermelons in California is from March to May and again in August. It is best to wait until after there has been plenty of rain, especially in the late winter months. The soil should be loose, not crusted and very soft, this is a good sign that it is ready to plant. If there has been no rain for a while, you may need to water the area quite heavily a few days before planting the seeds. It is important that the soil be kept moist at all times until the watermelons have had a chance to establish themselves.
How Far Apart Should I Plant Watermelon Seeds?
Watermelon seeds should be planted in mounds that are 4 to 6 feet apart (as measured from the tip of one fruit to the other). Each mound should be 3 to 4 feet in diameter. The seeds should be planted approximately 1/2 to 1 inch deep and kept watered at all times.
When Should I Water My Watermelons?
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