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  • Writer's pictureAlex Tamayo Wolf

Permaculture Gardening and Landscaping: Yamaimo (Dioscorea japonica)

Today we installed Yamaimo (Japanese Mountain Yam) as part of a permaculture food forest and gardening project on Orcas Island. Yamaimo often makes the species list for our projects by providing a high calorie, delicious, and reliable food source. Here below we are growing Yamaimo in pots filled mostly with sand and a little dirt taken from nearby plantings. Growing in pots makes harvesting the tubers easier: you dump the pot over when you are ready to harvest and they spill out at your feet - much better than digging. We had some vertical space on the side of the pump house that has the right sun orientation for this vining member of the Dioscoreaceae family, and the materials used in the construction of the house adds some heat through thermal mass. The vines can also provide spot shade where needed, like on the side of a greenhouse, or over an arbor. Have fun growing and cooking Yamaimo. Here you can find more information and recipes. An excellent choice for the doomsday prepper or casual gardener. Diversity is resilience.

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