Since it is gardening season, here is a gardening tip. When you plant potatoes, layer straw on top. The plants will grow through and make potatoes on top of the ground. Layer straw about 2 feet deep as it will shrink down during the summer.
The potatoes are easy to find, and are huge. This is the only way I can grow potatoes, that my husband likes to dig them. The straw doesn't blow away and we live in KS where there is wind from 0-50 mph all in one day some days.
It's good to use straw on potatoes as long as it breaks down enough that it will keep the light off the new potatoes. If the birds get in there enough to kick it out of the way and the light gets in, you will have green potatoes that are only good enough for seed, not good enough for new potatoes. If you put somehthing a bit more dense like lawn clippings, weeds, some compost, it will be more effective.
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