I just thought I update you on how my ‘potatoes grown in straw‘ experiment is going.
Right now, my Red Norland potatoes that I planted on May 19th are just beginning to bloom. That would be eight weeks from planting. (This, by the way, is a crucial time to keep your potatoes regularly watered to get large, scab-free potatoes – read more about that in this article.)
One cool thing about this style of growing potatoes is that you can easily check on the progress of the tubers forming underground (or rather, understraw). I was curious to know just how big my little potatoes were at this point, so I carefully pulled away the straw at the base of the plant. And lo, and behold…
There it was. A tiny little potato not much bigger than a large pea.
So I learned/confirmed a few things today.
#1. Flowers on plants = formation of little spuds
#2. Potatoes grown in straw are going to be wonderfully clean
#3. I won’t be eating baby potatoes for at least a couple of weeks.