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Hugelkultur Potatoes

October 11, 2012 - GrowOrganic
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If you’re deep into permaculture you know about hugelkultur. If hugelkultur makes you say, Who?, then say hello to an easy composting method. Hugelkultur (HOO-gull-cull-toor) is a German word for building a new garden area with branches or even trees as the base. It’s sometimes referred to as wood composting. The area can be any shape, and it can be a low or steep mound. Organic waste is layered on top of the branches, and a cover crop or plants make the top layer. Similar to sheet mulching…
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Video Transcript
Hi I'm Tricia an organic gardener I grow organically for a healthy and safe food supply, for a clean and sustainable environment, for an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Potatoes are a simple crop to grow today I'll be showing you an easy method to grow them. For this method you'll need three pounds of seed potatoes a Geobin or a section of fencing, a bale of rice straw, a bunch of sticks, plenty of compost, gopher wire, a box of blood meal and a box of bone meal. Be sure and plant potatoes that are certified seed potatoes don't plant potatoes from the grocery store because those are often treated to prevent sprouting and if they're not certified disease-free. Before you plant you need to cut up your seed potatoes cut them into large chunks with one to two eyes per piece small seed potatoes can be planted whole. The eyes are these areas on the tuber and the potatoes will sprout from the eyes lay your potatoes out in a well ventilated area to callus over for a few days this helps prevent rot. Plant potatoes early in the year about four weeks before the last frost a good indicator is when the soil is at least forty degrees potatoes can also be fall planted after the first frost if protected from frost by thick mulches. To prepare your geobin for potatoes we need to start out with gopher protection like either hardware cloth or gopher wire set up your Geobin so it has about a three-foot diameter. The method I'm using is an adaptation of a german permaculture technique called Hugelkultur put a twelve inch layer of sticks in your Geobin on top of the gopher wire next alternate layers of compost blood meal and bone meal until your layers reach about ten inches your last layer should be two to four inches of compost space your potatoes about eight to ten inches apart cover your potatoes with about two to four inches of compost you can either add a thick layer of straw now or wait until the potatoes sprout. Water regularly in the dry season like you would a tomato once your potatoes flower usually in the summer you can harvest them for new potatoes, for storage potatoes harvest them two weeks after the vines have died grow some potatoes the easy way and grow organic for life!

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MICHAEL Says:
Oct 13th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Help! I tried the straw method this year but earwigs made a home in the straw and destroyed my new potato plants. What can do about the earwigs?

Irina Vasilieva Says:
Oct 21st, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I do not know if it’s just me or if everybody else encountering issues with your site. It seems like some of the text in your content are running off the screen. Can someone else please provide feedback and let me know if this is happening to them as well? This might be a problem with my browser because I’ve had this happen previously. Cheers

Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Nov 25th, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Michael, That is puzzling, since earwigs typically prefer decomposing organic matter to seedlings. Earwigs emerge at night, too, so the songbird/chicken solution to the problem is out, since those predators are asleep after dark. If you want to use organic pest control, here is what we have that is labelled to combat earwigs. http://www.groworganic.com/weed-pest-control/organic-pest-control.html?solution_pest=273 I hope you’ll try again!

Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Nov 25th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Irina, Just now seeing your question, and the text on the screen looks good to me at this point. I hope it improved for you too. If not, please let us know. I’ll be keeping an eye out for any comment from you.

Vanessa Says:
Mar 21st, 2014 at 1:55 am

Do you have to hill up these potatoes or does the Geobin and straw do an okay job of filtering sun? Does it reduce yield if you don’t hill up?

Stephanie Brown Says:
Mar 24th, 2014 at 9:06 am

Hello Vanessa,

Yes, straw is sufficient to filter the sun. Yes it does reduce yield if potatoes are not hilled up.

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