Potatoes - Fresh Grass Clippings?

muddypaws4ever(6)May 18, 2012

Hi all!

I am growing potatoes this year in a big plastic garbage can. Started them off with top soil and moo-nure and they're growing like weeks. My question is, can I use fresh grass clippings instead of straw or more soil to cover them as they grow, Or should I wait until the clippings start to decompose? Got lots of grass clippings and short on soil. Any help is appreciated.

Muddypaws

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RpR_(3-4)

The grass clippings will heat-up to one degree or another.

I would not.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 1:14PM
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ltilton

Spread the clippings out on your driveway in the sun. They'll turn to hay in a day or so, you can use them then.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 2:08PM
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jolj(7b/8a)

I agree cure the clipping first, then use as mulch.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 2:27PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Fresh never. Well dried is ok, not great by any means as they mat down and still get hot, but better than nothing.

Dave

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 3:41PM
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melikeeatplants

I use them, they make a great mulch and bake to hay in a day or two. You can only spread and inch or so at a time, to thick and it will cook....

I assume you don't put round-up/weed killer on your grass. Wouldn't want that residue on plants you're trying to grow/eat.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 6:01PM
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muddypaws4ever(6)

Great advice. Glad I asked. Thanks soooo much.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 3:53PM
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