The rainy period broke over the weekend providing us with a few days of sunshine and warmer temperatures. Once the soil dried out, I began double digging and planted the rest of the potatoes.
I didn't take pictures of the process this time because I was dreading the labor and wanted to finish it quickly. Here is the finished bed mulched lightly with hay:
This bed is 5 ft wide x 19 ft long. A few weeks ago, I planted about 1/3 of the bed with the leftover Kennebec potatoes from last year. The newly purchase seed potatoes were allowed to chit for a few weeks and were planted yesterday.
I used the John Jeavons’ Potato Planting Method that Laura at The Modern Victory Garden introduced me to a few years ago. I documented it last year here.
John Jeavons “Grow Biointensive” gardening method involves double-dug beds, feeding the soil with compost, and planting closely to conserve spacing and create a microclimate. You can learn more here.
For potatoes, this method involves spacing the potato seed on 9-inches centers by 9-inches deep while double digging. The rows are planted in an offset, or hexagonal spacing. The closer spacing helps maximize space and reduce water loss. No hilling is required.
The potato bed is a fairly new garden bed dug last year. It was the first time I double dug this bed and it was obvious that it was part of the garden at one time. I found some plastic plant markers and a spoon deep in the soil. The soil was in really good condition as well.
Once the bed was planted, I leveled off the soil, laid a soaker hose, and mulched with some hay leftover from last year. Today the rain is giving the bed a nice deep watering.