Less than Impressive Cassava Harvests


I picked the most likely candidate in the overgrown cassava bed down the hill and dug it:

That’s barely worth feeding to the chickens!

Back when I grew cassava in North Florida, the roots would grow huge in the loamy sand. Here, I don’t know. People do get decent harvests, but my guess is the shade and the clay hurt our yields.

I’m going to try again and see if I can do better. These were grown in loosened soil but I think they could have used more sun.

We’ll see.

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  • I have found that my cassava trees out in full sun grow and are ready to harvest in 18 months to 2 years. The ones i planted that only get 3-4 hours of sun a day, may (I hope not) take several years, they are only 2-3 feet tall after a year of growth. Let the sun shine in. Unfortunately i would have to move buildings, or talk my back door neighbor into cutting down her trees to improve the sunshine in that area. Live and learn!
    PS. Mulberries will be ready like tomorrow here! as you warned all on the same day.

  • Can cassava roots, branches and leaves be fed to chickens without cooking?

  • I can send you some good old fashioned Florida sand if you would like, I dug about 5,000,000, plus or minus, yards of it this past weekend, I am trying my first double dig bed. I hope I might have found a way to vanquish bermuda grass……. probably not.

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