Saturday, July 15, 2017
Sounds odd to say I ran out of vertical room, but since I didn't shore up the mound with a frame that I could add onto, the wood shavings were starting to become wild & spread on to other plants growing nearby.
Plus the peas were taking advantage of the height & growing on & up the potato plants.
It was time to see if this worked...
I just gently tugged on each plant & they came right up out of the shavings - still attached to the plant & very clean!!
No bugs, no issues. Amazingly, the original potato that was planted was still whole & sound & I'm sure it would have kept on producing if I had hilled the plants properly.
But, for this year, I have enough fresh potatoes for a meal & the satisfaction knowing that my experiment worked! A few tweaks for next year & we'll produce more spuds more efficiently.
I spread 2 large buckets of used wood shavings around the flower bed as a mulch & called it a day.