Growing Potatoes in StrawGrowing Vegetables Last Updated On 05/19/2022
Those who wish to grow potatoes in their garden have a new, original way of planting. This method is very effective and brings excellent results. Next time you want to plant potatoes, instead of doing it in the traditional way, why don't you grow them in straw?
This method has several advantages over traditional methods of growing potatoes. It is:
- Very simple
- Requires no digging
- There is no weeding
- No tilling
This is a very simple procedure so even beginner gardeners can do it effectively.
To grow potatoes in straw, follow these simple instructions:
- Spread out some soggy newspaper to prepare the material for the potatoes.
- Soak the newspaper in water first. This will make them heavy and moist. Make thick layers of wet newspapers to prepare them for your potatoes. Whenever you wish to grow potatoes in this way don't forget to prepare lots of thick layers of soaked newspaper.
- Place your potatoes on the newspaper. If they have lots of eyes, it's best to cut them in half before you plant them. Make sure to face the eyes upward.
- Cover your potatoes with straw.
- That's it! You should leave them to grow and monitor their progress.
As your potatoes grow, make sure to add more straw to keep them fully covered. You will know it's the right time to harvest your potatoes when the plants start to die off. When this happens, all you need to do is to uncover your potatoes and collect them. There is no need to dig them out like it's needed with the traditional method of growing potatoes.
With this method, the roots of your plants will have grown down into the ground, but don't worry: the potatoes will be laying safely on top where you can harvest them easily without any hassle.
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Potash is good fertiliser or wood ash. Both are also needed for tomatoes, also here in New Zealand.
Might mention to beginners that potatoes need ample water, especially in hot dry weather.
To get large potatoes they will need a potato fertilizer when planted and 6 wks. later