I wanted to update those that were interested on our potato experiment. Sandy Oklahoma Transient and I are both running the same experiment with growing potatoes in straw. She is also experimenting with sweet potatoes. A week or so before St. Patrick's Day, O Wise One and I planted our chitted potatoes. Same potatoes in both instances saved from our potato crop last year. One planted in soil in our newest garden plot north of the chicken yard. Grown traditionally in that they are planted in rows and the soil pulled up over and around the growing plants as they get taller. There are 2 rows that are 100 foot long. As you can see in the picture above they sprouted well and have filled in the rows. We have had to pull dirt up on them twice now.
The other row of potatoes are planted in our smaller original garden plot east of the chicken yard. This is the garden we are trying to convert to a no till garden. These same seed potatoes are being grown also in a row but instead of pulling dirt around them we are growing them in straw. The ones in straw right now are actually outgrowing the traditional plants. We contribute some of this to a more established garden plot with a better soil. After all we have had 14 years to amend this soil with goat, cow, rabbit and chicken compost and the new garden we have only started last year. Never the less it should be interesting to see which bears more. Which are easier to pick and the difference in pest problems between the two.
Anyone else growing potatoes in straw for the first time? I would love to hear and compare experiences!
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