Planting Potatoes in a Compost Pile
My husband has had 2 genius Garden ideas this year - I am sharing the first one with you today and the second one I will share with you on Thursday.
For years we have had a large compost area behind one of our grape arbors - this compost pile consists of leaves and grass clippings. Our kitchen scrap compost is in a compost bin. Compost is very important in building up a healthy soil but we always felt that this area behind the grape arbor was always wasted garden space. This year my husband thought - "why not plant potatoes in the compost heap" - genius!!
First you must prepare your seed Potatoes before planting (click on
"seed potatoes" to see how).
Plant each prepared seed potato about 4 inches deep and about 6 to 10 inches apart (see the pictures above and below). Cover these seed potatoes with compost (or dirt) and water - it will take about 2 weeks before the plants start peeking through the compost. You will need to add more compost throughout the summer.
NOTE: If you are planting in soil - then you will need to mound or plant them in hills/furrows - similar to Planting Sweet Potatoes.
We planted 3 rows with about 10 to 12 inches space in between each row (see picture below).
I'm not sure how big these potatoes will be at harvest time but so far the plants are thriving and I can honestly say that I have never grown such healthy looking potato plants before this year's crop.