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Saturday, April 23, 2011
Worked on my potato trenches. I dug a good trench, added compost at the bottom and stirred a bit with shovel tip. Then I added a layer of oak leaves maybe 4 inches or so, just the clumps that seemed to sprinkle in the ditch and cover the stirred compost, not thick and matted. Then I added some mix we made of rotten log, sand, and compost. I stirred that so that soil from the original trench came up on top again. Then I added a layer of the mulch to cover and plant in. The trench is still below the soil surface, so I can mulch as the potato plants start to grow. I am not finished, maybe 1/4 left to do, but my arms are feeling it and I am not sure if I can beat the impending rain storm. Not to worry, potatoes can wait a few more days. I will no doubt have to find one more place to trench all over again, but this will be a big bed of potatoes in and of itself.