[permaculture] No-till potatoes - surface cultivation and deep mulching

Charles de Matas cdematas at hotmail.com
Wed Jun 27 13:23:25 EDT 2007

Thanks Lisa and others for the tip on growing potatoes.  The first time I 
heard of this was from the Nearings' book.  I've been wondering what other 
people's experience were with this method.  I don't grow potatoes, but I 
have compacted clay soil and would like to grow sweet potatoes.  Maybe I'll 
try it with sweet potatoes.


Lisa in Oregon <lisamaciver8 at yahoo.com> wrote:
  We use old hay, tucking it up around the plants as they grow so just
a few inches of leaves peek out, leaving some in flakes, and shoving
some down between the stems as they get large. I toss on weeds from
other areas too. We grow in beds and the mulch gets 2' high, might
be harder in rows. It eats up several bales for 100sgft. I bury the
seed potatoes barely below the soil level (clay), the potatoes grow on
the dirt-mulch boundary and if the mulch isn't think enough, the
potatoes get green. We don't seem to end up with weed problems using
old hay for potatoes (but then, this is all drip, no rain). When
potatoes are harvested the mulch is reused on winter crops.

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