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Potatoes under straw at the same place?  RSS feed

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Hello everybody,

question about potatoes under straw:

This year we harvest the first time potatoes under straw with a big success. Last year at the same place we dig it in the earth.
Now the question: Should we plant next year the potatoes at the same place?
When I understand permaculture right we have to plant potatoes at a distant point in the garden, we have not often to look at.
But I we changed with the other garden I have to cross the potato field.

Will it be the same amount next year at the same field?
Do I will get more bugs next year?

Tx a lot in advance
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It is disease you have to worry about, or disease plus bugs. I'd plant them in a different place. You don't have to plant them far away if you'd rather have them be part of a rotation in your garden. I like to grow potatoes in a new garden with the thick straw smothering the grass and weeds that used to live there, then plant other plants there after harvest. This year I'm growing fall greens where the potatoes used to be then strawberries, garlic, blueberries and a cherry tree in that spot.
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As a rule it is not good to plant them in same spot. Because of 2 reasons: they keep spending the same nutrients, and pests might accumulate.

Here in Iceland I did grow potatoes this year in a bed where 2 years I was growing potatoes: absolutely no problem and a yield even greater than 2 years ago.

Thing is: Iceland winter is so harsh (extreme winds, freezing without snow cover and many thaws) that any pests are eliminated.
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