March 11, 2009
Well, thanks to you (and you know who you are) I am now planting potatoes in one of my raised beds. I still know nothing about potatoes, but after reading a book and talking to some folks I think it should be really easy. The book called Growing Potatoes by Richard Bird and Alex Barker was very informative and helpful. My friend suggested digging a 4 inch trench to plant the potatoes in, then covering them with hay or straw (not dirt) and watch them grow. This method is nice because you can pull up the whole plant to check for readiness without having to dig up everything. I am going to plant the potatoes all the way around one raised bed and put tomatoes in the center. Again, supposed to be a good companion planting. I cut the potatoes with an eye on each section and placed on a tray to sit overnight and will plant them tomorrow.
UPDATE: !!!!!!!!!! – Hey! An addendum to above – I was so wrong! Tomatoes and potatoes do not like each other. I had it in my head wrong and reported it wrong to you. Sorry. I am not sure what I am going to put in the middle now. Any suggestions from you all would be welcome!