Growing potatoes in straw is a perfect way to preserve moisture in the soil and deter weeds. In addition, it is so easy!
One way to grow potatoes in straw is called the "no dig" method. There are several things we prefer with this method over other ways to grow potatoes:
What is not so much fun is having to dig into the dirt to harvest your potato crop. This can be back-breaking! How much easier to just move the straw aside and gather your wonderful crop of potatoes.How To Grow Potatoes: The Guide To Choosing, Planting and Growing in Containers Or the Ground
There are just a few simple steps to follow if you decide to try growing potatoes this way.
When the potato plants flower, it is an indication that there are small new potatoes growing beneath the straw. You can remove a few for a tasty meal of new potatoes. (Boil them until just tender and serve with butter.)
The rest of your potato crop will continue to grow if you do not uproot the plants.
An indication that your larger potatoes are ready for harvest is that the potato plants will begin to die off.
Enjoy the result of your labors.
Growing potatoes in straw is not just for a small family garden. It can also be the best way to grow potatoes on a large vegetable farm.The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control: A Complete Guide to Maintaining a Healthy Garden and Yard the Earth-Friendly Way
We know that everyone has a favorite potato recipe because, in most families, potatoes are served several times each week. What are your favorite potato recipes? Share them!
Fun With Potatoes - Mr. Potato Head
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