This year I did something different with my potatoes. Instead of planting in the traditional potato patch, I used old tires as planting bed.
I fill each tire half way with compost and shredded bark. I then "planted" the seed potatoes by laying on top of compost. I covered the potatoes with a 2 inch layer of compost. Every few weeks when the potatoes tops would grow several inches, I would top dress with more compost.
I have just started to harvest some new potatoes. The harvesting is super easy and the roots are clean and bug free. I've been tickled pink.
Because of the success with these type of potato growing, I'm collecting more used tires to expand my new potato patch.
I am a married mother of 3 grown daughters and I have 2 granddaughters and 1 grandson. I currently have a gardening column in the Sunday's Advocate Messenger and I freelance for Kentucky Monthly magazine and Examiner.com.