Sunday, February 20, 2011
another tater experiment-growing in straw/hay
Over the course of the last couple growing seasons, the growing medium (based off of hugelkultur) in the hot tub garden has settled by quite a bit. Faced with having to figure out how to fill the thing back up with soil of some sort and having a nice little pile of mulch hay here, we decided to try growing some taters in there using the straw method based off of the bin method. Theoretically, this experiment should produce a shitpot load of taters because we have seen countless testimonials telling us that they do. I think I will still plant our normal amount of taters though, just in case.
I am using potatoes just as I did last year in my potato experiment. I am planting them about a month early for this area but supposedly the straw will keep things warmer by about ten degrees and the hot tub is very easy to cover on the few real cold nights we may have left. I don't think that things will freeze solid again and if they do , I have lost a couple dollars worth of seed. If it works it is a gain of a nice early harvest of taters that we will be in need of. To get started I just laid the tiny pieces of potatoes on the soil that was in the tub, then they got covered with 3-4 inches of the mulch hay. Lastly, they got watered in.
This should be a fun experiment and I will do periodic updates through the season to see how well or not they do.