Today I planted potatoes. We’re on the downside of the moon with a waxing gibbous (as much as I hate to subscribe to that sort of thing, I also like to cover all the bases) and the garden was still bug-free (at least until 7:30 this evening, when they arrived in force). I filled the bed with a mix of peat, seafood compost, seaweed and gravel, then pushed the seed potatoes in to a depth of about 2″. Then I covered the bed with mulch hay to a depth of 3′ and that’s it. Around the end of August I can rummage around in the hay and gather enough new potatoes for supper without killing the plants.
I’ll need to pile more hay on the bed over the course of the summer. The plants will grow through the pile and displace it, so I’ll add more hay to keep sunlight off the potatoes. It will also keep enough moisture in so that it shouldn’t need watering, and will keep the weeds down. Mulch hay is great stuff and cheap this time of year. Here’s the potato bunker wearing its hay-hat. I got a deal on my last four bales at the Feed and Seed for drawing a rat, but that’s another story.