Getting the Taters in the Ground

This week I planted 80 pounds of potatoes, which is a lot less than I normally plant.  This year because of the drought I’m doing things a little differently. I’m dry farming the potatoes, the only water they are receiving is from the moisture already present in the soil.

Seed potatoes in a row

Seed potatoes in a row

The soil had been rototilled about a week prior. On the day of planting I dug a ditch, the dry topsoil  parted ways to relieve the dark damp soil beneath.  I dropped the seed potatoes whole spacing them about 10 inches apart.  Then I raked soil over the seed creating a hill that ran the length of the 80 foot rows.  To help prevent further moisture loss and weeds, I covered the hills with a thick layer of straw.  I’m optimistic for a bountiful harvest but we shall see.

Early the following morning (no wind) the straw was spread

Early the following morning (no wind) the straw was spread

 

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