A convenient way to grow potatoes is the no-dig method. You need a bed about 4 ft. wide and as long as you wish. The method is extremely simple. Cover the ground with compost to a depth of 9 to 12 inches. Get it level. Plant your potatoes in it - say 18 inches apart, and as low as you can, but not digging into the soil. Cover with a black porous sheet, (ask at the garden centre) and fasten this down securely. We used to use polythene; it worked OK but didn't quite let through enough water.
When the potatoes start to come through, and begin to lift the sheet, slit it carefully to let out the shoots. Leave the sheet in position for the whole season.
That's it.....and this method is a wonderful
way of getting a bed full of humus for a different crop
in the following year. There is no slug damage, and the
crop, if a little smaller than from a conventionally-grown bed,
is much cleaner.
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