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Aug. 15th, 2010 | 06:20 pm
posted by: mshrmit in rain_garden

My potato patch this year was an experiment. I kept reading about burying the plants with straw to increase the yield, so I decided to try it. Everything I read said to only leave two or three inches of leaves showing. This seemed like a bad idea to me, but I decided to try anyway.

Very quickly, several of my plants withered, but just as many seemed to thrive. One plant absolutely refused to be buried, shooting up a good foot and a half above the straw no matter how much I piled on. I never saw a single plant flower, though, and they died back a month sooner than usual.

I harvested them today, and sure enough, I had four or five times as many potatoes per plant than I have had in the past. However, each one, except for the plant that refused to be buried and the ones on the edge of the plot, was about half the size of what I usually got.

This method clearly produces more potatoes, but next year I'm going to listen to my instinct more than the books and leave a good six inches above the straw at least.

Anyway, I just thought I'd post this in case it helps somebody else.

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LilGreyThing

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from: hallucinas
date: Aug. 19th, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for sharing your results! Interesting.

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Mikazuki

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from: naishinnou
date: Sep. 12th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
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My mother use to plant potatoes but never used straw. Instead she buried the potatoes in leaves. Sometimes she just threw the potatoes out in the garden without burying it at all and those things would just grow. My mother had a green thumb, mine is too black and I kill pretty much anything but herbs. lol I wish my mother would take up gardening again but her age (back and legs) prevent her from doing so.

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