Need some help, or ideas for my tater patch. My garden is a mix of dirt/clay/sand. For the last 5 years I have til'd under grass as I mow/bag the yard. I also spread a lot of straw/chicken poop, after I let this sit for atleast a year to cool down. My soil is getting pretty good, easy to work not like the brick I started with. My veggies are really taking off very well. Fruit trees I planted are just starting up nicely.
Anyways, my quest is to have a good crop of taters. First year I tried, I got enough to last the winter for us but I had planted a lot of them to start with. Next couple years, production has slowed down, last year was a total failure. Had enough for one meal, that was it and they were tiny. I know the garden is well fertilized, perhaps I have fertilized too much for the taters. I also this year picked up a PH meter and checked my soil out. The whole garden comes in between 7.0 to 7.5 in spots. Taters like it me thunks around 5 to 5.5, yes? What would be the best, and we want to stay organic, no chemicals, what would be the best way to get my soil down that much in time for spring planting? Will a couple bags of peat moss in the patch drop the soil to where I need it? If not, what? I have access to many acres of fresh grass, piles and piles of last years leaves, hundreds of bales of barley straw. The only thing I would have to buy is peat moss if needed. Or would peat moss make the patch worse? Too many questions? :o)
If ya'll have not run out of patience with my questions, I have more, sorry. If I may: Planting taters, I have heard/seen soo many ways I'm not sure what's right. Do I just till the soil, plant the taters on the flat soil? OR do they need to be planted on a hill from the start? I can do either. Then I read, after 3 weeks grown, hill dirt up on the plants/taters. THEN, another 3 weeks, do it again to where your rows are one big hill. My biggest question when doing the hill thang, do you just put a couple inches of dirt on top leaving the plant stem/leaves uncovered, or do you completely cover the plant, everything? Then do it again a second time, cover everything, plant/leaves and all? As a kid we never grew taters much so I was never taught the correct way. The ways I have tried have been less than stellar so I come to ya'll for help.
Now if your wondering, I'm not a young kid starting out, but an old phart wanting his new career of laid back gardening to be relaxing. No more tote that pack, no more jump from a perfectly good plane, no more shoot the guy over there. All I want to do is grow veggies, eat veggies, eat my own chickies/eggs, drink my own homebrew and wallow in my successful garden with a big fat smile. Can ya'll help me achieve my dream with some awesome information I have seen come from this great and friendly board? (I'm up late and my meds have kicked in... LOL, but yea, the questions are legit)
Thanks, ya'll are the best!
Could not stop without a couple garden pics and maybe, a pic of my garden tractors.
Actually, this is what I use now. I had to put up 6 ft fencing to keep the field rats out. My old tractors will still fit, but just enough to turn around and make a mess of thangs.... LOL
Edited by FrozenInTime, April 28, 2016 - 01:45 AM.