So, it was out to the backyard to set up their growing location for this season. They did very well last summer placed along the back fence, so I thought that location would work well for them again this year. A couple of modifications were in order, though. First, leaving a "gap" between the compost area and the potato bins. This was needed because I have plans to add a second compost compartment (made from pallets) this summer. Second, a layer of weed suppressant cloth. Last summer, it was incredibly tedious trying to weed whip around each bin...ugh. Eventually, I just ignored the weeds and it got to be quite a jungle. So this year, an attempt to keep the weeds from growing quite so exuberantly around the bins. It likely won't work entirely, but it should help a lot!
Then, it was simply a matter of layering in the materials:
|Delightful "muck", courtesy of the Bunny Barn residents.|
|Next, a layer of compost with a handful of organic root crop fertilizer.|
|Add seed potatoes, "eyes upwards".|
|Add label--before I forgot which variety it was! Potatoes look very similar...|
|Add another layer of compost and "muck", and continue to the next bin.|