So…everyone loves a spud, and they are surprisingly easy to grow in a bale. When considering what to do with my composted BaleGrow™ bales after 12 – 18 months of production, growing potatoes are always at the top of my list. In fact, I have a designated area just for my spud production!
But growing potatoes is not only reserved for old bales. Growing potatoes in bales that are still in good shape is also an option.
When planning my planting, I aim to get as much productivity out of my straw bale garden as I can. By conditioning my bales 5-6 months before planting potatoes, this not only leaves me with a nice soft bale to work with but it also gives me a full season's worth of veggies first. So I condition my bales, plant my first crop, then once that first crop has finished, I'm ready to plant some potatoes.
Using a soft bale around 5-6 months after conditioning allows you to place 5 or 6 seed potatoes inside the bale without breaking the strings. This is very important. Keeping the strings around the belly of the bale is holding the composted straw in place. This will nurture the potatoes while growing.
My tips for easy potato growing:
Tracey is the creator of the BaleGrow treatment system for Straw Bale Gardening