SOIL FOR POTATOES - HOW TO INCREASE FERTILITY
Is this how before everyone, at least in our Perm Territory, planted potatoes? Plowing large areas with tractors, ridges were made and potatoes were planted in holes in them. No fertilizers, except for manure, were applied. Livestock was kept in every courtyard, and this good was in bulk. After the collapse of collective and state farms, people rushed to the city to look for work. You leave early in the morning and come home at ten o'clock in the evening, what a cow there is! Of the 300 heads of the rural herd, 12 remained. The manure turned golden, and numerous acres of land began to deplete.
The same thing happened in our garden: the land was depleted. Wishing to make our work easier and save time, we carried out hilling with a walk-behind tractor, carried all the weeds into a compost box, and burned the potato tops. The result was not long in coming: the earth became heavy, like a stone (we have clay), and the potatoes became smaller and smaller. In 2017, after planting four buckets of potatoes, we dug up two buckets of peas! But
I read the articles and decided: this is no longer the case. We need to do something!
But what? I have already made attempts to sow green manure. We dug potatoes in early September, and then cold nights and frosts begin. Therefore, after removing the potatoes and sowing the field with mustard, we got a more than modest result - a siderat with a height of one and a half to two centimeters. It gives nothing!
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Spring 2018. The husband plowed the area set aside for potatoes, cut the rows. Since autumn we have introduced dolomite flour into the soil. The ground has become noticeably softer. Also, on the advice of the readers, they were planted during the flowering of bird cherry, but now they were planted two rows after one. My daughter and I leveled this third row a little with a rake and sowed it with mustard.
Onion husks and ash were added to the planting holes, trying to dig the holes in a checkerboard pattern. After the shoots appeared on the surface, they sprinkled the potatoes with hoes to their conscience - to the very top of the head.
And he again rose above the ridges, and with him the mustard stretched out and bloomed. A beautiful sight, I want to tell you! I love flowers very much, I devote a lot of time to caring for them, but here a simple potato field amazed me.
The heat came on. The husband took up watering. I put the carriers in the ridge between the potato rows and waited until the soil was saturated. After watering, I took up weeding from solid weeds and mustard. All this stuff was put into the same furrow in which the irrigation was carried out. The cut grass from the lawns also went there. Then I covered the entire plant mass a little with earth from the row where the mustard grew, and sowed sirat again in the vacant place. And now I got ridges with potatoes, which we spud again around the edges. I persuaded my husband to water these ridges with infusion of weeds.
I stuff a large stainless steel barrel with weeds (mostly nettles), fill it with water and add a little old honey. I cover it with black foil and insist for a week. This solution lasts for a long time.
We haven’t seen the kind of tops that grew in our country that summer for a long time. Dense, powerful, dark green, has grown, covering the ridges. Watering was no longer required, since the soil did not dry out under the tops, and mustard protected the soil between the rows. We did nothing else, and at the end of August we went on vacation.
Upon their return, they immediately began harvesting. I have never seen such family enthusiasm when harvesting potatoes. How happy we were!
All tubers turned out to be large, even, clean as never before. And if earlier all the root crops were pitted with wireworm, now on several hundred square meters we found only a couple of pieces.
It was a victory! After planting four buckets, we collected 26 buckets of wonderful potatoes.
And again I drew conclusions for myself.
The double row landing met all expectations.
If in our region there is no opportunity to grow green manures after harvesting potatoes, then we need to find an opportunity to grow them during the summer season.
Mustard gives amazing results in freeing the soil from wireworms, loosening it and serving as an excellent organic fertilizer.
Do not be lazy to pick up the good old hiller! The whole family can quickly cope with such work. Because when hilling with a walk-behind tractor, we only cut the weeds, and there is no loosening of our clay soil. After the rains, the ground turned into brick, and the potatoes did not have the opportunity to grow and breathe. And loosening with a hiller ensures air flow.
Top dressing with grass infusion gives excellent results. And it's not scary that you will spend one summer evening on it.
That's it. I remember when I lured my Vasily Ivanovich into the garden and ordered him to feed the potatoes, he did not stop for a long time and kept repeating: "Well, if after all this the potatoes do not grow, I will not do anything else!" And I reminded him of the favorite phrase of my grandmother Tatyana Andreevna: "You don't sink, you don't burst!"
In general, this potato story turned out very well for me. After all, now I have more assistants. The children and the husband also drew conclusions for themselves and are more willing to go to work in the garden.
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© Author: Anastasia Perm region
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