Which mulch for potatoes, pine straw or hay?
Still planning various parts of my garden, and this question's about my potato patch.
I have easy and cheap access to pine straw here in Georgia and hay at a slightly higher cost, not much.
I'm thinking of putting a 3' tall chickenwire "frame" inside one of my 8x4 raised beds (maybe make one of the long sides removable to get to new potatoes) and fill the whole area with pine straw or hay as the plants grow. I lean toward hay because I believe it breaks down more quickly in the soil, but I also lean toward pine straw because it's cheaper.
Any thoughts about which would be better?