How To Hill The Potatoes: The Question of the Day for Me
YAY the sun it out! I’m all caught up on lawn work so it’s time to get back into the garden. On the agenda for today is hilling the potatoes, but what’s the best way? I was going to hill potatoes with straw, but then I read this forum, and now I’m thinking I’ll have to go get some dirt from somewhere. My other choice is compost, but it’s not completely composted yet and I’m worried that making potato hills out of it will attract rodents to the plants.
So I guess I’ll need to shovel the rest of the gravel out of the bed of my truck and go find me some more dirt. Our neighbors dumped a load off last week but I hate to bug them again so soon. It sure would be nice to have a tractor with a front-end loader and a big mountain of fill dirt. I can think of so many ways to use dirt on this property right now that I’d get a dump truck load of it if I wouldn’t have to move it all with a shovel and a wheelbarrow.
Eventually the goal is to keep the soil on the property and use compost, manure and cover crops instead of bringing in soil from outside. But sometimes “eventually” doesn’t happen in the first year. And I need to hill my potatoes right now, not “eventually”.
OK It’s settled then. I’m going to go get some dirt. Thanks for talking me through the decision process.