Lasagna bed for potatoes?

emmie9999(z6 MA)May 27, 2007

Hi everyone:

I'm new to this forum, and please forgive me if I am asking a question that has been posted before; only one came up on my searches.

I am trying lasagna gardening for the first time, and want to try potatoes/. I have Pat Lanza's book, and I have newspapers and some seed potatoes I found while doing my Memorial Day tomato shopping trip today. I got just a couple each of Northland red, Yukon Gold, Irish Cobbler and Kennebec.

The thing is, I cannot find any bales of hay to use as mulch. I can look for hay later, and start with shredded leaves for now. Will this be okay, at least for a week or two? I have a bag of lobster compost I could put down, as well as some peat moss I am trying to get rid of. Also, any other hints on growing potaoes you would be willing to pass along to a newbie would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks very much,


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ruthieg__tx(z8 TX)

Look potatoes are so easy to grow...take a handful of peels and toss them in the compost pile or flower bed and they grow...Do the best you can for them....put down your paper or cover, add some dirt/mulch whatever you have and then your patatoes and cover and keep covering as long as you have stuff to cover with....I did exactly the thing I have described and they are growing like crazy...every day or two I go out and throw another shovel of dirt/compost on top of them...

I'll link to pictures of my potatoes that I took for a newbie on another board...

Here is a link that might be useful: spuds

    Bookmark   May 27, 2007 at 3:46PM
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emmie9999(z6 MA)

Thank you so much! I'm gonna be planting potatoes this evening. I appreciate the pep talk. It's easy to overthink the whole garden, and if I didn't check in with folks once in a while, I would never get anything planted!

So, paper (actually old paper bags instead of newspaper), a sprinkling of dirt and peat, aand then some compost and leaves. I'll get hay later if I can. What fun!

Thanks again,

    Bookmark   May 27, 2007 at 4:12PM
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ruthieg__tx(z8 TX)

Remember that the better the bed is the better your plant and yield so as I the best you can and you will end up with potatoes...It's always better to have a wonderful deep compost rich nutrient filled bed but most of us are just struggling to have beds at all and we have to start somewhere...I say do the best you can and you will be building your beds as you use them.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2007 at 4:38PM
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emmie9999(z6 MA)

I can see exactly what you mean. I had a bag of lobster compost, some peat moss, and some garden soil removed from the last rose bush to go in the ground. I mixed all of that up and put it on the bed, then hilled the potatoes with abit more of that, plus leaves. The bed will kind of build itself as I keep layering dirt, compost, and then hay. It's the best I can do this season, so I will see what happens.

Next year, hopefully, I will have raised beds where I now have my veggie garden, and I can use some of that for potatoes. But for this year, we will see how this works out.

Thanks again for all the help!


    Bookmark   May 27, 2007 at 7:59PM
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emmie9999(z6 MA)

An update: I poked around a bit today, and found several potato vines starting to peek through the mulch. I'm so happy they are growing! I'll let you know as I see more, right now I don't seem to need to do anything but watch the little leaves poke through.


    Bookmark   June 10, 2007 at 3:35AM
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