As a eastern coast North Carolinian this weather has really thrown me off for gardening. It feels just like back home which is a zone 8 and here is supposed to be zone 6b. It has been so warm though that I am taking some chances on planting things a little early.
On Tuesday afternoon Daniel, his two sons Travis and Andrew, along with Noah, Eric, Brie, and I planted our summer crop of potatoes. For one person it would have been a daunting task to plant the 300 lbs. of seed potatoes, but with all of us it was tons of fun!
We planted them a little differently then normal and I can’t wait to see how they grow! First we tilled the top few inches of soil.
Next, we went along and snugged the potatoes in the soft soil, trying to space the potatoes 12 inches apart and the rows 30 inches apart.
Some of the reasoning behind the straw is first off it saves tons of time in the planting process of covering up all the potatoes with soil. It will also help keep the weeds down, eliminate most of the Colorado potato beetles, and when we harvest we will have cleaner potatoes because they will have grown in the straw. This being my first time planting potatoes like this, I am planning on adding more straw mid-way through their growing, kind of like when you would hill them with soil. I will let you know how they turn out.
Many thanks to Brie for taking the photos!
What are you planting this week? Anyone else ever grown potatoes in straw?