How To Grow Great Potatoes
Potatoes, mashed, baked, boiled scalloped and perhaps my favourite, potato salad especially when it is made with new red potatoes, are a great food. What is even better you can grow your own potatoes and make your favourite dish with the freshest potatoes around.
You can grow potatoes on your patio or balcony in a container or in a community garden plot or your backyard.
Potatoes can be grown in old tries which I have done but do not recommend doing so for more than a season. There are materials in the tires that you do not want in your food and if you are planning to grow organically, using recycled tires is not considered to be an acceptable organic method.
However, if you want to give it a try, fill a tire with fresh soil, plant the potatoes as the potato plants begin to grow, add tires and soil, until they are stacked 3-4 tires high.
I prefer to use straw, I find it less work and cleaner; less work because there is no digging involved.
First I lay down enough cardboard to cover the area that I am using to grow potatoes. Make sure the cardboard overlaps so that no weeds get through. Then water the cardboard through; Spread either compost or well-rotted (composted) manure over the cardboard; then add another layer of cardboard and wet thoroughly.
Now put the seed potatoes approximately half a metre apart and directly on top of the cardboard. The next step is to cover the potatoes with straw 3-4 inches, at least.
Spread some compost or composted manure over the straw; than add another layer of straw and then another layer of compost and then straw until the pile is 40cm deep. Be sure to thoroughly water.
As the straw thins and the plants grow taller add straw to keep the sunlight from getting at the potatoes.
Potatoes that are grown in straw are cleaner than those that are grown in dirt, I still recommend that you wash them before eating but this will be easier to do that pulling the spuds out of the dirt. Speaking of pulling the spuds out, harvesting potatoes that are grown in straw is much easier than harvesting those that are grown in the earth.
A straw potato garden may be one of the simplest ways to provide fresh, chemical free potatoes for your family. It is also an excellent way to use part of your backyard rather than growing that resource and time waster lawn that you cannot eat or even use as a garnish.
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