For a lot of you, it's time to start thinking about planting potatoes. It's a little early here yet, but since there's been a bit of discussion about growing potatoes, I thought I'd share with you a great way of growing them without any back-breaking digging.
- Choose your patch of ground and cover it liberally with newspapers.
- Place potatoes on top of the paper at about 30cm or 12in apart in a grid.
- Cover with a layer of mulch or hay (lucerne hay is best if it's not too expensive). On top of the mulch / hay, place liberal amounts of blood and bone, well rotted animal manures and/or compost. Water the lot in well.
- Add more hay and more fertilisers / manures, watering after each addition. You want the pile to be moist throughout, but not sodden.
- When you reach a height of about 60cm, finish off with a layer of mulch or hay.
- Note: you can add shredded paper and lawn clippings in with your hay if you like.
- no digging!
- when the potatoes are ready, you just lift up the layer of mulch and pick them up
- you are left with an area ready to dig over and plant with new things
- you end up with a heap of semi-composted hay, which is a great addition to the garden
- the hay can be expensive
- you may need to top up the hay during the growing season, so the potatoes do not get exposed to light
- it takes a reasonable sized patch of ground (compared with potato condos)
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