Its great that you are experimenting with no dig, giving scientific proof of its efficiency and with no rotation which is a novelty I have not heard of before.
I suppose that, with your same bed for the same crop approach, you are maybe encouraging the murderes of the pests that eat potatoes. Interesting.
I leave my few vines and don't treat them for mildew and they dont get mildew every year. I hope I am building up the vines reactions to mildew. I even leave new vines near the old one, that does not get mildew, so they catch its resistance. this year the vine that seemed resistantto it got mildew where the branches were furtherest from the centre of the plant.
You mention worms. I have a garden in Spain that used to be impossible to dig except with the Spanish mattock ,a pointed one because of the many stones in the soil but after a few years these disappeared, quite rapidly in fact. I asked myself whether it might not be that worms bring the soil up from between the stones so that in the end the stones are left way below, under the soil the worms have brought up.
In the mediteranean the fashion is to take the stones off the soil. I have taken a photo of a cut in hills for a road, in the cut you can see that there are stones at many levels in the soil , evenly sprikled at all levels, so that if you take the stones off the top and then the wind carries off the top soil then you will get just get down to more stones. It would be more sensible to let the soil build up on top of the stones than to take them away then if i am right, the worms will take the earth from between the stones at many levels of the soil below and deposit it on top of the stoney layer so the soil wil be built up from any organic material on top of the soil and from the soil worms bring up from below.
You are my new favorite person. I start a new garden next year. It is currently very good grass, 120x40 feet. I plan to watch you during the winter and do exactly what you are doing come Spring!. Thank you!
Can you share how you store them? You said something about putting them in the sack to store @ 20 minutes into the video.
If you plant 1st early's next to 2nd early's or so on, will that mess up the variety types (mess up blending of the types)?
I am curious as to why you think volunteer potatoes are a problem?
New subscriber! Stumbled upon your video. Love all the information you provide.
Thanks Charles. I have 6 buckets of compost from my potatoes. So glad I can re use it with some additional nutrients. You have had great results with your Charlottes.
How do you recognise potato blight? Does yellowing of the leaves mean the plant has blight? Can the soil not be re used if there has been blight? I hope you can answer these before I start mulching for the winter.
Your no dig potatoes are great. That is how I will do mine next year.
It would be really helpful for people to upload your videos at the time of shooting or shortly after. I saw this video and thought you were harvesting in July, when in fact, you were actually planting them and it was April. So you uploaded a potato planting video in July. You should have uploaded it in April to help people with their planting.
Add plenty of pulverized limestone and you will triple your hardvest and the plants will pull in more nutrients for you. Limestone activates the nutrients in the soil. Check out www.howtosavethefamilyfarm.com
Also get the book, "More Food From Soil Science - The Natural Chemistry of Lime in Agriculture" by V. A. Tiejens.
If you plant your onions between the rows of potatoes, the onions will get in the potatoe’s eyes and the tears will keep the ground watered for you. :o)
i dont know why but i love this man
You are an inspiration sir...now were going to try...love our soil.
Blessings in sharing Charles