Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Potato Box

We are growing two different potatoes in stacking cedar boxes.

Here is Patrick placing the 3rd of 4 levels on the potato box. Horseradish, seen in the foreground of this picture, is planted as a companion to the potatoes. This deters beetles and other insects.

The idea is, at the end of the season, you remove the boxes and
potatoes fall out with no digging.

As the potatoes grow up we are covering them with hay. The potatoes grow in the hay while being shaded from the sun by the boxes. We have Russian Comfrey planted in another bed. Once it is established we can harvest the Comfrey and mix it in with the hay. Comfrey breaks down quickly and provides nutrients for the potatoes.

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