Grow Potatoes Veritcally
This one comes courtesy of our friend Mark Jones, at Sharondale Farms in Cismont, Virginia. Instead of spending all that time and sweat mounding your potatoes with dirt, do it with straw. Start them out with small mounds of dirt and when they begin to grow, use straw to mound them up. Wet the straw as you mound and push it down to be compact. Keep adding as the potatoes grow and add a potato fence to keep the straw in. We just pushed in pieces of old wood as our potato fence. Once the plants die down, then you just move the straw aside and you'll have a ton of potatoes to harvest (well, probably not a full ton if you're just using a garden bed). Then you'll have all that straw aged and rotted a bit to use as mulch or in your compost. If you have a tip for us, leave it in our guestbook and we'll share the wealth.