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Growing Potatoes In Straw

Photo of Growing Potatoes in Straw Potatoes grown in straw
well on the way to harvest

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Planting Potatoes in Straw

This method of growing potatoes is made for those of us with big ideas and limited time. Some gardening methods are just more fun by nature. Maybe the fun part is the actual lack of work involved in this method.

Apart from the reduced work load in using this method there are several good reasons for growing potatoes in straw.

  • Eliminate digging
  • Thick covering of straw can greatly reduce soil temperature
  • Reducing the weed factor
  • Reduces water requirements
  • Adding organic matter to your soil
  • Reduces soil born diseases
  • Eliminate tuber damage when harvesting

Step By Step

  • Step 1. Put Potato on The Ground
  • Step 2. Throw Straw Over Top
  • Step 3. Harvest By Lifting Straw And Picking Potatoes

Wow! that was easy! There really isn’t much more to growing potatoes in straw than that.

Materials Needed


First, let’s define straw - Straw is the seedless dry matter derived from grain harvesting. For our purposes here we should consider any dry matter that is suitable for mulching as straw.

Photo of mulch used when growing potatoes in straw

Photo right - A good thick layer of straw, will help keep the soil cooler, reduce moisture loss and protect the growing potatoes from sun. Used here is a mixture of straw, dried grass clippings and various different types of leaves.
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Follow this link for the different types of mulch materials you can use here and elsewhere in your garden.

Seed Potatoes

A rough guide for the amount of seed potatoes needed for growing potatoes in straw is 8 lb of seed potatoes to a 100ft row (3.6 kg to plant 30 meter row) This will depend a lot on how big your seed potatoes are and whether you cut them or not. Follow this link for more details on Seed Potatoes

Seed Bed Preparation

This is an easy method method of growing spuds, however as with any crop some ground preparation is necessary. A simple way of combining weed control, ground preparation and fertilizing potatoes all in the one simple step is by sheet composting your intended potato patch the season before planting your crop


Planting Potatoes in Straw

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Crop Care

The straw retains moisture keeping the soil cool and reduces (not eliminates) the need for watering. So as with other potato growing methods check regularly to ensure soil moisture is adequate. Follow this link for more details on Watering Potatoes


Photo of harvesting potatoes grown in straw

Photo Right - Talking of harvesting, this is the easiest part of the whole growing potatoes in straw deal, a simple matter of lifting the straw and gathering the potatoes. Don’t you just love simple, it leaves more time for other gardening pleasures.
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