lg scale potatoes with straw mulch
I may be converting the way I grow my potato crop this year. We always cut up about 500 lbs of seed potatoes. My dad has been wanting to try the straw mulch method after reading a current issue of "backwoods home mag".
Has anyone tried this on a lg scale not just at a homegarden level?
I've been informed by some people that you just unroll a lg round bale over a bed; with 3 rows to a 5 ft bed. And that the straw mat must be thick.
We have a LARGE supply of lg square bales on the farm as we grow over 50 acres of oats each year.
How deep are you planting the potatoes in the ground before adding the straw? A few incheds or just ontop of the ground? My dad seems tho think that we just plop the spuds ontop of the ground and then lay the mulch.
We do own a antique potato planter but that out plant the potatoes 6" deep. Would that be to deep wtih straw ontop?
I would love to hear about your results!