We did harvest potatoes but only about 8lbs from three bins. We gained a harvest but no where near what we should have, even for planting them in a traditional hilled fashion. Consider we planted 3 lbs of seed potatoes and harvested only 8 lbs, most sources indicated that one pound of seed should grow at least 10 lbs of potatoes.
One thing I did differently was instead of adding soil and compost to the bin, I used hay. I have heard of this working but I am not sure what climate it worked. Also the other thing I have learned, is that a lot of hay has persistent herbicides in them. These are herbicides that are sprayed on the fields when the hay is growing, these herbicides are taken into the hay plant, when we use hay as a mulch the herbicides come out and stunt or kill plants. I am not sure if I had issues from the hay or not, though there is a good way to test the hay to see if there is problems, I'll post about that one day soon.
|Very moist straw, starting to decompose|
|Bin sides removed, I continually added hay almost daily|
Let me tell you, home grown potatoes are by far the best way to get your potatoes. As we strive to use methods far beyond "organic" methods we find an increase the nutrition and safety of our food. The food really comes out better in every way. We also gain the enjoyment of cultivating it and the pleasure of harvesting and then eating it. Growing our own food connects us back to our food, the land and with ourselves.
|Beautiful Viking Reds, Purple Majesty and Yukon Golds.|
Some Previous Potato Posts
Potato Bin Grow 100lbs in 4 square feet?
Potato Bin Update
Seed Potatoes Where to Buy Them
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