Today I wanted to get my potatoes in the ground, so I nipped out to the local garden centre. I picked up 3 bags of compost and some potato fertilizer. 180L for £10… Not bad. I could have got 240 for £14 but I’m on a budget here.
I also saw a pack of 2 rhubarb for sale, but it had no price tag on it… Maybe next time. B-)
So I made up my 6 sacks with about 6″ of compost and added in an ounce of fertilizer in each as per instructions and gave a good mix.
Once the bags were made up it was time to put in the potatoes… Yeah… I seem to have made a slight mistake. 6 bags… 10 tubers. That won’t work. I had to cut 2 potatoes in half to make up the numbers. I don’t think it will make a difference at all… But if it does it will only be small.
So in went the tubers, 2 to a bag, pushed down and covered with about an inch of soil over the top.
Then it came time to place the sacks.
At first I cut a small trench, only an inch or so deep, as wide as the sack and the full length of my bed. I then mounded up the grass clippings and moved soil. The sacks were then placed in the trench, making sure none of the tubers have moved overmuch.
I also rolled down the top of the sack a little so it helps keep the shape better. As the plants grow I can roll the bag up again as needed.
I then pulled the mulch and soil up against the bottom of the sacks to keep them warm and to prevent weeds from pushing up around them.
All I did then was a little watering and we are all done.
I’ll check on them periodically and mound up the plants as they grow with the extra compost. As far as I am aware I won’t need to put in any more fertilizer as what I have added so far is a slow release.
Now for a nice cup of tea. B-)