Is there any that knows how this works and have you tried it? I have read many articles on this method and want to try it. I have been saving newspaper and have save eight bales of straw for the top cover. I'm looking forward to Spring and all the planting that will get done.
there's SO MANY good videos on youtube. like this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGBdHls9zzk&feature=related
the thing for me this year was i had a baby at the end of May and then only got my potatoes in the ground at the end of june, so it only worked a little bit...fingers crossed for next year!!!
I've grown potatoes this way. I put the cut pieces on the untilled but closely mowed ground, put a fairly thin layer of hay over them (4 inches or so). And then as the plant grew, I just continued piling hay on top until I had about a foot of hay with plant sticking out the top. When I wanted potatoes, I simply raked aside the hay, picked the potatoes I wanted, and then piled the hay back on. Just make sure you have plenty of covering for the developing potatoes... otherwise, they will sunscald.
And potatoes are frost-resistant. Plant them early - we plant in Jan/Feb here in MO where our last frost is often in April. As long as you have them heavily mulched, the frost won't hurt them (this is for regular potatoes - Sweet potatoes are a warm-weather crop and grow downwards into the soil)
You are having an unusually cold/snowy winter, aren't you. Yes, wait until the snow melts at least. But don't wait too long 'cause they don't do well in the heat.
I planted maybe 10 pounds of potatoes. Bought them at the feed store. Bought a lot more than I planted and I planted them in several rows. Cut the potatoe into pieces, makin sure there is at least one good "eye" on each piece. I usually try to include 2-3 eyes/piece which is an overkill, I know, but some didn't grow. I saved a couple of potatoes and used them to plant where I missed. I've tried red and white and don't seem to matter for me although I prefer the red potatoes, personally. This year, I may try some of the wierd ones also (like purple).
I could've sworn that I just read an article on this. Can't remember where though.
I only have a balcony and not much access to land, has anyone tried growing potatoes in a wine barrel? I've seen the posts about growing hundreds of pounds of them, but don't know anyone that's done it.
Yes it is an unusual winter, hopefully the snow will be gone on Sunday. So I guess I will get ready to plant some on Monday,will go to the feed store and get the red potatoes along with some bales of straw. Thanks for the information very helpful.
this sounds very interesting Ellen--what exactly is the process involved? I would be interested in learning about this from you. :)