Wednesday, July 20, 2011
A Different Way To Plant Late Season Potatoes
Several weeks ago, I blogged about harvesting my early season potatoes. This planting was done in mid-March using a conventional planting method. I tilled the bed using my Troy Bilt tiller with the furrow attachment connected behind the tines. It makes about an eight inch deep furrow, into which I planted my seed potatoes.
For my late season crop of potatoes, I'm using a different method which disturbs the soil less. My reason for using this method is to retain more of my organic matter in the soil. If I tilled the soil a second time, I would introduce a lot of additional oxygen which soil organisms would use along with water and nitrogen to digest any remaining carbon in the soil, emitting CO2.
So what is my different method, well its simple. I simply pulled my old, rusty post hole digger out of the shed and dug an 8 to 10 inch hole into which I placed my seed potatoes. How will this method work, stay tuned and I'll let you know in early October.