Potatoes in straw

Have you ever noticed that from the edge of the area, with boundaries, often come across a particularly fruitful bush potatoes? To pick up a bush on the fork, vyvernesh it from the ground, and he — a feast for the eyes.

Do not guess why?

And remember where you dumped after weeding the grass at the beginning of the summer? Where you dumped it in the last year? Right. If you do not absolutely finished pedant or hold land and boundary lines in a sterile clean, then you leave a pile of weeds at the edge of the ridge, on the border, at the end of the row. They safely eaten by worms, rot, and here is the result — a magnificent bush potatoes, with tops of two times stronger than that of the neighboring bushes, with a crop of big twice. And note that you do not specifically have taken to get it is from this bush is such a good harvest!

The question arises: "Why would not get such a miracle no accident bushes on the side and across the ridge?» [Cut]

It’s possible. Without spending a lot of money and a lot of work and getting a good crop of potatoes.

Just a few steps separate you from that. Very simple in terms of their implementation in practice, and probably not very simple in terms of breaking their stereotypes.

I have often shared their experiences with friends, neighbors, relatives. And in my experience to break their stereotypes — this is the hardest. Well, people can not begin to act on the new, and that’s it!

I brought them to their plots showing the results live. But it’s just a vicious circle. See, agree, but in most cases the reason comes in the old way. The old way, that is, spending disproportionately more work and money and getting disproportionately smaller harvest.

The reasons for this I can not understand.

After all, if there is no certainty that it can work, you can try a small area and see if it is suitable for you. Especially do not do this for more and less!

What exactly should you do to get good crops of potatoes, while spending much less labor?

So:

Step 1.

You decide how much land is allocated for planting potatoes?

I do not know how much land you have, I do not know how many buckets or bags you collect the harvest from it, but I know exactly how much you need to allocate land for planting potatoes.

Do you know why? Because you have read the text up to this point, which means you have a concern about the existing state of things, then you want to change something.

So, for planting potatoes in the spring you have to take exactly half of what you put normal.

How so!? Consciousness is opposed, because the everyday level of understanding to get more, and it is necessary to plant more or improve on existing something … And then he will be a fabulous harvest smooth, clean large tubers. So, do not be.

After all, you probably already have increased or improved. And maybe even something achieved. But enough of these innovations for a short time, and all that hard. And the thought of appearing after all the "innovations" — "Yes, it is easier to buy potatoes at the market." So even though these "innovations" and gave the result, but not worth the powder and shot.

So why is it that only half?

Step 2.

Because you plant the second half of the cereals from which the next season in the plot will be stubble. For example, oats. Or a mixture of oats and wikis. Or oats and peas. Or rye.

The main thing is that your efforts at the end of the season have provided as much as possible of crop residues, straw, on this, the second half of the plots that you have decided to boldly did not planting potatoes.

At this moment, this second half of your site will be prepared for the fact that in the next year to give magnificent tuber yield, clean, big and beautiful.

Why do you need straw? And, I’m sorry, you say, I dug up this site, ustelenny last year’s straw? Well, dig up still all right, it is difficult — but possible. And if you plow motoplugom!? Straw immediately score the rotating blades of the cultivator.

And in any way.

And it’s time to step 3, one of the most important and essential steps of this technology.

Step 3.

Do not dig and plow the ground!

In no case.

And not because it’s hard to do when the site is straw, not because they want to make their lives easier. Just digging up or perepahivaya your site, you simply kill him.

The idea is not new and has long been known to many. I came to her myself. After once plowed the land in the area twice. Once the fall and once in the spring. The benefit of this is easy to do motoplugom.

It so happened that one of the neighbors persuaded him to plow his land in the fall. I plowed his plots and thought, "Well, since motoplug at work, ready, why not plow the land itself?"

It is said done.

In the spring I started motoplug again and again plowed his land.

And it turned out that one of the plot came to plow as much as four times. Since working through it motoplugom had to call in and leave from the site. "Well, butter will not spoil the porridge," — I thought then. "The cup is loose, the better."

In that year, I cursed all. The land was like a stone. The dead and lifeless. Potatoes grew poorly. Especially the place where plowing was done four times. Shaw was weak and did not sleep, the earth was dry as a brick and earth up potatoes was very difficult, the land fell off the powder, had absolutely no structure and did not hold moisture.

The following year, the first time I tried to put the potatoes in the ground nekopanuyu. Soot and thought I was doing some kind of nonsense that nothing is probably not a good turn out. Well, like so! Just put the potatoes in the ground nekopanuyu. Although a land of mind was quite soft and well hydrated and had a good crumb structure, not dry and crumbly, as it happens after I come to dig up in advance.

After inquired and found out that the idea is not new! Read the book, IE Ovsinskogo "The new system of agriculture" and realized that the dig and plow the land — this is stupid, pointless and harmful.

So, again I repeat step 3: Do not dig and plow the land.

Just believe and remember — or perepahivaya digging up the earth, you are violating its structure, which is formed for a long time and provides its fertility.

Because:

1. Untilled land is porous, permeable to air well formed rotten roots of annual plants, moves worms and other processes occurring in the soil. In the plowed ground whole structure is destroyed, the earth ground to dust, it is not able to retain and condense the moisture in itself.

Perhaps you can compare the soil with an anthill. When an ant hill, this pile, built by ants, everything is structured. There are moves, there is an internal cavity, the heap is alive, ants live there comfortably and thrive. And try to mix a bunch of ant!

2. Much of the fertile land untilled, as living organisms (eg, bacteria, algae and worms) in the soil, in the processing of organic matter contained in it, allocate all the necessary elements for plant nutrition. Moreover, in amounts, at times far exceeding the needs of the plants. In digging up the soil all these processes are stopped, as living organisms that need heat and air, and who live in the upper layers, fall down and die there. Living organisms from the lower horizons, accustomed to the cool and fresh air which is fatal, get up and also killed there. Organic lying on top of the soil, where it is in the presence of heat and air rots, giving the new crop nutrients, gets into the thick of the soil, where it is practically without any benefit going to waste, and even harmful.

3. Untilled land, air permeable, as it is generally cooler than the heated air condenses inside their internal channels a lot of moisture, sometimes much more than capable of giving summer rains. Plowed the earth is virtually no active ventilation, no moisture from the atmosphere gets and loses moisture quickly, resulting from irrigation and rainfall.

By and large, digging up the ground, you simply execute a ritual known when and by whom the wound. Maybe it’s prudent slave owner took his slaves work, so they have not had time and energy to other thoughts, or landowner, bleary-eyed and hard-nosed, far from the land and from the habit of observing and thinking harrassed by servile serfdom of peasants. I do not know.

But I — a free man, and I have the time and energy to think about what I’m doing. And I do not want to spend a lot of time each year, only to spoil their land, depriving the composite of time to organize themselves and for their loved ones barshchina

Step 4.

Late to plant potatoes.

Fully responsible for their words for the conditions of the Middle Urals. I think nothing is not fundamentally different to other regions of the same latitude. How it will behave in a warmer and more arid regions — do not know. You need to try and experiment.

Why late? I came about by accident.

As you know, in the Urals frosts are frequent on the ground. It is believed that they are possible before June 10. And all the years it was true. Potatoes, planted as usual, in the period May 20 — June 1, his allotted time is stored for the land. If things got out before 10 numbers had to run across the field and covered with earth. A friendly shoots after 10 June frost did not even get any.

But one day, frost, and even some, suddenly shandarahnul already on June 17. Going out the night before, I felt that last night hit. Urgent messing around the whole area up to two nights did not help the situation. The first rays of the morning sun illuminated the terrible picture frosty garden center. Potatoes in the year slowly and painfully recovering from the disaster, and in the fall all around with acid mine dug small potatoes. The harvest was just deplorable. Everyone. In one portion.

The owners were negligent in it. The plot is almost never visited. And in that year, all through the spring did not appear. And the first time appeared only to plant the potatoes are 12 numbers in June. Right in the celebration. Well, all right, as without potatoes, though late, but to put all the same need. I still laughed: "That’s awake! All the potato is already concerted series, but they only honored to plant. "

Imagine my surprise fall, when passing by their site, I saw what they were digging potatoes. Their harvest just hit its abundance and quality.

Their potatoes planted by June 12, rose, of course, later on the 17th, and a frost, of course, was not hit. Apparently in the rest of the year for the potato harvest was good and they were just great.

The next year I tried to repeat their experience. Why take the risk if the potatoes gives excellent yield and at later stages of landing.

And it worked! Although these late frosts never again be repeated, but the potatoes I soot now no earlier on June 10. And usually 12 in number and soot — convenient, because the output.

But, in addition, that the late dates of landing, I almost 100% insured potatoes from the return of frost, revealed a few more advantages! In most cases, during late planting potatoes in the Middle Urals falls into a more optimal temperature and moisture regime.

Judge for yourself.

At normal times planting potatoes rises in the first half of June, early July blooms and begins to tie harvest. At this point, the potatoes need more than ever a lot of moisture. But! Beginning or the middle of July. The most dry and hot. Drizzle with a lot of land is almost impossible, especially to pour cold water from the well — is a direct damage, and heat a lot of water too easy.

That is melted by the heat of potatoes, almost stopping in growth. It is at the time when it is most needed moisture and it does not receive it. The growth of just strike up tubers stops. Then he resumed in August, when there will be wet, but the damage suffered is in no way make up, tops already beginning to dry up and hurt and does not have the strength. Suspend the growth of the tubers, getting the moisture begin to crack, which degrades the quality of their merchandise.

Now, what happens at later stages of planting? Potato rises at the end of June. In the beginning, the middle of July is growing. Moisture to it during this period especially a lot and do not need. Potato bloom towards the end of July, early August.

And this is exactly the time when the heat subsides and the rains. Remember — July ends, it means anymore, and can not be bought, and are cool and rainy in the morning and starts to precipitate heavy dew. A potato in this period is exactly what you need! The coolness and moisture! In these conditions, it begins to pour actively tubers. Beginning of August does not compare to the middle of July. Although naturally year on year, of course, is not necessary, but in general, in August of moisture is always greater, and the likelihood that the potatoes will get in better conditions, with the late planting dates above.

Further.

Have you noticed that the land at the beginning of the summer at some point, as it were vspushivaetsya, comes to life, finds fertility (in the Middle Urals is the middle of June). It can be said that the land matures.

When planting potatoes in June, it falls into the earth warmed, which reduces the risk of disease. Plus, this time in the soil are already active nitrification (conversion process nitrogenous substances in a form suitable for absorption by plants). Plants produce a large amount of nitrogen. Moreover, if the land is not to dig and contains a lot of organic matter, as in our case. A nitrogen in the initial period of development is especially needed young plants. In the spring of nitrogen in the soil is formed small.

Shrubs with such terms planting grow powerful, with beautiful color tops. Before, I was trying to achieve this by conducting feeding nitrogen fertilizers, but the same thing as growing potatoes under straw, no fertilizers have never been able to achieve.

Despite the later date, the potatoes have time to fully mature. Especially the early and middle class. Later can have a thin rind and a little weak, but she quickly matures and rogoveet further drying. Plus, I dig the potatoes are usually late and it is fully matured. But you can dig in and at the usual time. It’s still early planted potatoes last month, as a rule, is already without leaves, almost in mid-August.

Also during late planting was even a completely unexpected and not planned a plus.

Which allowed us to step 5

Step 5

Unsubscribe from pesticides to control the Colorado potato beetle.

And to do this, you ask? Collect this beetle manually? This is how much effort and time needed.

And here and there. Do not collect and do not slack off. Why?

Yes, simply because there is nobody to hound and collect!

All those years when I was planting potatoes in the later stages, on my plot had NONE of Colorado potato beetle larvae and no.

Why? Judge for yourself. Beetle with us, in principle, not much. Not compare with the North Caucasus, where it is a disaster that can completely destroy one day the entire crop.

And the sooner we have a beetle and it was not quite. He appeared recently.

I do not know exactly, but the beetle seems to be in our environment does not survive the winter, or it survives only a small percentage.

One way or another, but at the beginning of summer in June, there is a period when the year begins adult beetle successfully overwintered somewhere.

I believe that he is flying to us from the south, where he can spend the winter, or here is a small part of it survived.

Little beetle and he almost does not bring harm. But their orange leaves laying eggs. A clutch, hatched capable of destroying or substantially destroying a few bushes potatoes.

But! But when there is years of beetles on my plot yet sprouting of potatoes! He just did not even come up. And the beetle does not interest my site. But why? When the next set of plots, where a burst of new potatoes turn green shoots.

There beetles and lay their eggs. And after my potato sprouts. And believe me, no one laying on my plot no. Although the neighbors beetles and their larvae complete.

Can you imagine?! Just like that, and suddenly stopped, this is my long-standing feud with the pernicious insects. We just lost interest in each — other. And my potatoes misses a gram of pesticides. And after all the potatoes we feed our children and grandchildren.

By the way, the beetle lays its sometimes clutches not only on Solanaceae, but simply on the weeds, and after the larvae have successfully moved to the tops of potatoes.

And on the site I noticed a couple of times such masonry. Notice when prosekayut motyzhnikom weeds before potatoes will rise. And if the weed cut down and dried, but not removed from the plot and then laying on a dry plant dies.

And it’s time to describe the next step on the facilitation of care for potatoes

Step 6

Use the tools that best fit for the task.

Generally, when growing potatoes I only use three types of tools. Motyzhnik, garden forks and rakes.

Forks — once a year, when the harvest dig, rake — for seeding the soil in spring. Rest of the work I am doing motyzhnikom. This landing, cutting furrows for planting grass, weeding, okuchka.

I used to use ploskorez Fokine. Easy to weed thing, but not for potatoes. Blade at ploskorez too narrow and light. It is possible, but awkward potato spud ploskorez little land grabs and the need to make a few extra movements on every bush. Weeding is not very convenient. Weed in the potato is usually quite strong, and ploskorez too easy and you have to apply a force to the blade, as the impact of their own strength and inertia is sometimes not enough.

Therefore, I myself produced for a tool, called it motyzhnikom, with more severe and wide blade. And now for potatoes use them almost exclusively.

Previously, vetch and oats mixture I just sowed by plot, which last year grew potatoes. After a few years when I was digging and plowing the land and planting potatoes in the straw on top of the well is soft, very loose layer (wife likes to take his transplant colors). In it I close up a rake and seed the wiki and oats. But a lot of seeds left on the surface. Where is the sun, they never grow up. What caused the large cost overruns seeds.

Now I began to do things differently. I take motyzhnik with both hands and pull it along the blade down, just passing along the potato ridge back and forth slicing parallel longitudinal stripes every 15 cm Since the blade at motyzhnika wide enough, the furrows produced just such a need. The depth of approximately 3-5 cm and a width of 5 cm

After I scatter seed on the field and rake zaboranivayu them. Seeds on the surface is much smaller. And shoots of oats produced in rows. That’s all. About this allotments can be forgotten for a year. By the way, the entire operation, planting oats 2 weave, by time takes less than one hour. That is, half of your potato garden, to improve its fertility and prepare it for planting potatoes for the next year is needed just 1 HOUR PER YEAR! Compare this to how much time you have spent if the land were taken to manure, dug her, put, etc? A forgone this year’s harvest of the land is compensated by the second half, to lead if it works correctly, in accordance with the presently described technology.

Motyzhnikom I prosekayut all plots of potatoes, chopping down weeds in early June, which had time to grow before planting. As well as planting takes place in the Middle Urals June 12, the weed is a good time to acquire a mass, although he was not much. In some places it does not grow out of last year’s straw.

Motyzhnikom prosekayut rows of potatoes a second time before the potatoes will rise. To do this, I mark the rows with pegs. Or you can make a perforation when the potatoes are rises and becomes visible rows. But with pegs easier, especially sometimes shoots appear uneven.

All weed leave the field. Usually missing two weeding plot. One before planting potatoes, the other at the time of emergence. Sometimes it is possible to selectively pass, if necessary, before hilling.

When the potatoes will be closed, weed is nothing. Tops with a growing technology very strong (stronger than the 2-3 times than the next site, where everything is done by the traditional technology), and it does not survive under any weed.

Spud potato also motyzhnikom. Here he is at all out of the competition. They work much easier than ploskorez Fokine, not to mention the usual hoes. Following in the manner of the can at the same time it podpalyvat all three edges and spud. And part of the land it is very easy, especially with a touch of swing, as the blade is heavier than ploskorez Fokine and spud much more efficient as more blade area and it is good ground and rake up the straw into the bushes.

Motyzhnikom work so much easier and more convenient, that one day when my first motyzhnik broke, I preferred armed svarochnik, grinder and vise make a new one, having spent a couple of hours before leaving the field with a hoe or ploskorez

Step 7

And finally, the last step that organically derives from the previous said, — each year the land for planting potatoes, planting potatoes in the straw. That is, the potatoes planted this year on that part of the site, which last year grew oats, and that after the snow is ustelenny straw. A site where last year grew potatoes, planted with oats.

Although it is not respected classical rule that return the potatoes to the same place to no earlier than four years, it is still much better than from year to year, planting the same area of potatoes. And so for decades.

Potatoes when it comes back to the same plots only in the second year after the oats, much less ill. In my landings, from the moment I started to plant potatoes in the straw, for several years there was no late blight.

The potato is green, with leaves up to the most powerful frost. Only a few, very early varieties, varieties have time to lose tops. Previously, when planting conventional technology, since mid-August, tops began to dry up, and turn reddish in September disappeared altogether.

A plot inevitably began to be tightened woodlice and other weeds. Now the plot is the time of harvest completely clean. Under the canopy of foliage in a powerful weed no chance. Even areas heavily infested couch grass, done away cleansed.

Greatly weakened the plot sow thistle, the eternal companion of potatoes. The fight was fought unsuccessfully with him many years of careful weeding and trying to dig up the rhizomes. But weeding is too laborious, and dig his roots, going to the center of the earth, to the same brittle, too, is almost impossible. Would still be a piece of the root, which immediately gives new shoots. Now, though thistles and did not disappear completely, it almost does not interfere. Very heavy damage is done at the time of sow thistle punching plots before planting on June 10. Sonchus just otros, got the whole, spending for forcing their shoots all stocked in the rhizomes nutrients, and it completely ssekayut. While he will meet again with the forces and give new shoots, he is taken under okuchku, and then he will not give up potatoes.

After years of using technology planting potatoes in the straw situation has changed dramatically with the weeds.

First, its composition has changed. The main weeds in potatoes was nettle. Yes, the same stinging nettle, which used to calm growing along fences and potato plot, she’s not interested. Nettle — very moody person, like fertile soil, rich in organic matter. And to grow in our emaciated potato plots her, apparently, was not interested.

But deal with it very easily. She calmly and grows wildly on straw plot in the spring and early summer, giving the beginning of June a lot of great green mass. Before planting potatoes, when the plot prosekayut motyzhnikom, it is cut down and increases the mass of organic matter on the site. At its roots can not pay attention, because then, when plots take potatoes, there is no nettles, however, did not. Apparently dense tops of potato leaves no chance of it to grow.

If okuchke or perforation motyzhnikom suddenly hooked rhizome nettle, it rushes over the straw right in the plot, where it is safely dries up in the summer sun.

And do not be afraid to leave the plot all kinds of cut up weed and other plant residues. The rule here is one: "The more — the better." With all of the June kosheninu lawn, front garden, etc. I also throw in the potato plots, if it is not necessary to fertilize the garden, etc.

Now, about the annual weeds. Since the plot is nestled straw and do not dig as well as a long time gets under way at the beginning of the summer, all that may come up, amicably rises at the end of May, beginning of June. And as the potatoes have not, well, without any problems, together with nettles, cut out motyzhnikom before planting. But the truth rises weed why is smaller. May interfere with straw, and maybe they just got a little. Since weed seeds lie on top, and the earth did not dig, then they germinate at once and together. They give rise to 10 June, when successfully ssekayut for fertilizer. Below lies the land of weed seeds do not have the second, third wave of weeds is not there.

Inevitable and tiresome for weeding evil becomes a huge plus! The green mass of weeds, decaying under tops, gives abundant food potatoes, mulches along with last year’s straw ground and letting it dry. Delicate roots in the soil, devoid inches long, die and rot, also fertilizing the ground and leaving the air ducts in the soil improves its structure.

Before okuchkoy potatoes all that is left in the plot, prosekayut motyzhnikom and remains there and then. The same mass of weeds and straw potatoes and spud. Earth at the same time engages not very much.

It turns out that the bush to hill with a mixture of light compost, straw and cut motyzhnikom weeds. If after a couple of weeks to clean up the hands, gently that pile of plant debris hands, you’ll see in a moist mixture of plant residues preyuschey white fluffy strong roots of potatoes, which thrive in the abundance of water and food.

Worms on my plot in recent years it has become unimaginable amount.

This is not a weak pale worms that come across before when digging plots of potatoes, and active deep red brisk worms that are in the dung heaps.

Of course it is difficult to calculate, but the worms were more at times. If you cut in early summer with a shovel earth formation, then cut videno lot of holes from worms.

Specifically, at the moment of this writing (May 20) came to the area and counted how many worms in the pile of land that twisted shovel at a time. I thought about a dozen of them. It turned out the same 29! A whole handful. And it is in an area which is already 20 or 30 years did not make manure and from the middle of the last century, only ever planted potatoes. Do the math for the experiment, how many worms you will turn the shovel at a time on the site.

That is, under one of the shrubs potatoes on my site every second work, recycling crop residues on the most valuable fertilizer 180-200 worms! And it’s in the soil layer 20 cm How many of them even deeper!

Which makes sense to buy chemical fertilizers, poison their land, disrupt its structure in their incorporation into the soil, if all virtually without any difficulty, with the greatest benefit may occur alone, repeatedly increasing your yield and improving your land!?

Everything discussed in this article is not aimed at maximizing yields of potatoes per unit area. The goal was different. Get with the same area with the same or higher yields, but are guaranteed the best quality, and most importantly reducing the cost and effort required to receive it in a few times.

If you have time and energy, this technology can improve and improve, not just to reduce labor costs, and gain a significant increase in yield.

Before me, this problem is not standing.

Previously, with only a potato field, on the site every year I get 40-60 buckets of potatoes, spending a year on it about 72 hours of labor and 1120 rubles. Now, dividing the area in half and going to the technology of potato production in the straw, I get the same 40-60 buckets of potatoes with half of the area and spends a year in the 22 hours of labor and 320 rubles.

Improve this technology can be done. For example, to increase the layer of straw through imported. Organics will be more, and a layer of mulch will be much thicker, moisture will persist also greater. Perhaps, with this layer of organic potato spud can not and does not disturb the structure of the soil, retaining moisture. There is an idea that I implemented this season, early in the spring to plant oats in the straw again, give him grow up until June 10, and before planting or mow ssech motyzhnikom. This will increase the amount of organic matter on the field. You can try to water the potatoes. You can still make over the straw and manure. The truth is all increase costs, but the harvest is sure will pay off handsomely all.

Try it, experiment. And the potato will become mandatory for you from a boring routine and inevitable in the fascinating creative process.

Again 7 Steps to a doubling of the potato crop and reduce labor costs:

1 Reduce the landing area in half.

Ambush 2 free half solomoobrazuyuschimi grasses.

3 Do not dig and plow the land!

4 Planting potatoes late.

5 Use the tools best suited for the task.

6 Do not use poisons.

7 Each year, change of land for planting potatoes, planting potatoes in the straw

A selection of letters of reviews for this technology is growing potatoes.

My mother told me how her father was planting potatoes in straw. Do not bury in the ground, and just filled up her 20-centimeter layer of straw, leaves, weeds and other plant debris. After that, with all his family left the village on his allotment for 20 kilometers and did not appear in the garden before the fall. This means that it is not carried out any hoeing and weeding.

After sowing and harvesting of crops, grasslands and other work family returned to the village, and then just dig up the potatoes, always enjoy my harvest.

My mother said that doing so is not only my grandfather. It’s a shame that many good traditions died of boundless energy "tridtsatitysyachnikov" and other messengers of the party, alien land and village.

LP Martinenko

Krasnodar region

With pleasure I read your brochure (YI Slaschinin, 20 bags of potatoes on each CM), and all that is written in it, checked in the past year, growing potatoes in the old Russian technology — in the straw. You do not spend any hoeing or weeding or watering.

Did some research. Last year, in the Smolensk rains were not enough, there was unusual for us to drought. However, the moisture under the straw was enough. Because straw is not only a good hygroscopic material that holds a rare rainy moisture and dew, but also an excellent thermal insulator. Shading the soil, straw and lowers its temperature, as it is written in your article (YI Slaschinin, Drought overcome atmospheric irrigation ") potatoes planted in beds 80 inches wide, 25 meters long. Use the usual regionalized our grade. Yields in the straw was twice as high as the control of potato planting by conventional farming practices, without straw. example, "Sineglazka" gave 8-10 tubers from the bush, and in control — 3-4 tuber. white potato varieties were given to 30 tubers from the bush. They are smaller, but all smooth and good taste.

When growing potatoes in straw noticed that lengthened period of time from planting to emergence. This is apparently due to the development of the root system. And maybe affected other reasons. But this is a question for scientists. We also important to crop up.

VS Podoprigorov

Smolensk

When read in the "Life of the Earth" about growing potatoes in straw that frankly do not believe it. Planting potatoes in the usual way. But it so happened that the seedlings had two meters, found the two-meter section of the fence, put sprouted kartoshinu directly on the ground and threw their straw mixed with collected near last year’s grass and weeds.

When the seedlings have appeared on the field, the fence lay there, "rubbish", as she said laughing at me wife: — You never know what it will write, and you believe.

Five days later and appeared delyanochke green bushes. His wife said nothing and waited to see what would happen next. Because the bushes were weaker than appeared on the field.

When held the first hilling and looked over the fence, I experienced first joyful feeling. Potato bush in the straw did not differ from those on which just sweating. And these do not have to be processed.

Further noted that in the heat of the bushes on the "garbage" were much more fun than on the field — and there was a little bit lighter tops and leaves are drooping. Could not stand it, put his hand under the straw, and there — cool. Now just realized that atmospheric irrigation is, and then my potatoes in straw enjoys the day with dew.

The third time was glad when to harvest. First, the sons dug potatoes on three acres, as it turned out later, after weighing 1,630 kilograms. Moved per plot. Cleaned up the "junk" from the bush and there they lie before us like pigs under the uterus, neat and smooth tubers. Take it and put in a bucket and dirt easily. With two square meters gained 14 pounds of tubers, and with three acres we would get 2100 kg. So I think how to use the method of growing potatoes in straw in the new year. I see that more fruitful and less work. But where is the straw?

K. Petrenko

Stavropol

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