Grow Potatoes Organically I
There are many different ways to grow potatoes organically. If you wish to grow potatoes, it’s worth noting how to do it properly and with the ebst success. There are many methods you can use to produce the healthy, organic potatoes for your family.
Keep in mind that each method has its pros and cons. What suits for you might not be the same what suits for someone else. That is ok. If in doubt, try different methods to see which one works the best for your individual situation.
The organic growing methods are:
- Raised Bed Method
- Straw Mulch Method
- Hilled Rows Method
- Wood Box Method
- Wire Cylinder Method
- Grow Bag Method
- Garbage Bag Method
Raised Bed Method
To grow potatoes organically using this method, you need to prepare your soil first. Make sure to have a nicely built raised bed. It should be half-filled before you start. You should loosen the soil on the bottom before you plant your potatoes.
Once these preparations are ready, plant seed potatoes on the bottom. Make sure to space the potatoes about 12 inches apart. Plant in all directions to fill the raised bed. Once the planting is done, cover potatoes with 3 inches of coil.
As the potatoes grow, you will need to add more soil until the whole bed is filled to the top. To harvest potatoes easily, remove the sides of the bed (if possible) and it will be easy to reach for the potatoes.
The best thing about this method is that it gives a plentiful harvest. It also tends to produce large potatoes, so it’s ideal if you wish to grow a lot of potatoes. This is an excellent method to grow potatoes organically, especially in places where the garden soil is heavy and poorly drained.
There are no big drawbacks with this method, except for one: you will need separate soil to fill the rasied beds, so you need to prepare it in advance.
Straw Mulch Method
To grow potatoes using this method, prepare the soil and then place seed potatoes on the surface. Make sure to space potatoes at least 12 inches apart. Once you’re done, cover potatoes with 3 to 4 inches of seed-free straw. Make sure that the straw is loose enough.
As your potatoes grow, make sure to mound more straw around the stems. It’s important to create a good layer of mulch around the plant. At the end, you should have a layer that is about foot or more deep.
Advantage to this method is that it conserves soil moisture. It is achieved with the help of the thick mulch layer. This layer of mulch will also prevent weeds from appearing. Another good thing about this method is that it gives and excellent, almost efortless harvest. You don’t even have to dig!
A bad thing about this method is that yield is not always plentiful, so it’s best to be used on a smaller scale and when you don’t need large quantities of potatoes. Another problem are field mice, who can use the straw to get to the crop easily.
Hilled Rows Method
To grow organic potatoes using this method, you need to dig straight trenches. Make sure they are shallow enough and separated 2 to 3 feet to each other.
The soil should be prepared before you start. Once you’re done, plant seed potatoes in the trenches, about 12 inces apart. Once you’re done, cover them with about 3 inches od soil.
When the potato shoots are about 10-12 inches tall, use a shovel or a hoe to scoop soil from between the rows. Mound the soil against the plants to bury the stams halfway. Repeat this process during the growing season if necessary to keep the tubers covered.
Benefits of this method are the fact there’s no soil needed to transport and no containers you need to buy or build. This is a very simple and affordable method of growing potatoes. It’s also a very ancient method: farmers have used it for centuries. It is a very useful method for those who want to grow large-scale plantings.
On the other hand, it’s important to know that the yield may be limited with this method – it depends a lot on the quality of the soil. In case the soil is very compacted or low on organic matter, it won’t produce the best results. If this is the case with your garden it’s best to use a different method for growing organic potatoes.