Soil prep for potatoes -- Martin's method
In another thread, Martin posted:
They were 15 used Christmas trees in January. All of the boughs and
needles were run twice through an old 18" Toro rear-bagger mower.
They were then used as a tuber medium mix for over 100 hills of potatoes.
That is one of few ways that their nitrogen needs would NOT affect the
needs of the growing plants. In 3 1/2 months, they are entirely gone.
In zone 7, Im getting ready to plant potatoes for a winter harvest, so this sounds really interesting. Could you answer a few questions?
1. Have you used other methods to grow potatoes? How did production using this method compare to other?
2. Did you till the tree trimmings into the soil or just use them alone for hilling media?
3. What did you use to fertilize initially? When did you side dress and with what?
4. Did you do anything else to prepare the soil?