We have a friend that has a friend who is a circus worker (Carni). I just find that interesting is the reason I mention it.
This gal swears by planting potato's the following way. Dig a trench however long, about a foot deep or possibly 18 in. Then line it with 2 in. Of pine needles. Place spuds at normal spacing and cover with pine needles to the top of trench. I forget if she covered that at all with any dirt. She waters it and says ot does great.
Has anyone heard of this? Do spuds love acid (pine needles). While on thos thought do taters love anything in particular? NPK? Any thoughts?
CA, Southern Sierras, alt. 4550 feet, zone 9ish. (still figuring it out), 3 mo. grow season. Regular wind to 20 mph. SANDY soil with scrub oak,pine,and juniper. 2 seasonal creeks.
Location: Currently in Lake Stevens, WA. Home in Spokane
posted 6 years ago
I would be curious to know the nutritional values of spuds grown in a straw pile vs mineral rich soil.
I don't see how they could absorb the minerals from an inert pile of straw.
Certainly would be easier...especially the harvesting.