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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?
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Sounds like a version of straw potatoes. I'm not sure about the pine straw, maybe someone else will know.

Example I found with a quick search-
http://www.chirotoons.com/potatoes.html
 
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Joe Braxton wrote:Sounds like a version of straw potatoes. I'm not sure about the pine straw, maybe someone else will know.

Example I found with a quick search-
http://www.chirotoons.com/potatoes.html



That's a great link! Definitely going to try that no-dig straw method this year, in addition to a couple potato box projects.
 
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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.

 
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The plants will send roots down and into soil; only the tubers will grow in the straw.
 
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Potatoes like an acid soil, although I've never seen just how acid. I imagine the pine needles would ensure the acidity. Seems to be worth a try if you have the materials.
 
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Good stuff everyone. Thanks for the input. Im going to give it a go. Any thoughts on inches of water a week. I have never grown them.
Jim
 
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Check out this article on Potato Boxes ! Glad I used the search function before posting!... http://www.denverpost.com/style/ci_14839542?source=pop
 
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