Grrr, It snowed every single day for the past ten days and they are calling for snow every single day this coming week so I have been somewhat avoiding this thread.
Potatoes- I do them too. I like Kennebecs, Yukon Golds, and Reds. I think I posted a pic somewhere of the yeilds last year... the Idahos were pitiful so I won't do them again, but I did buy some fancy purple/blue ones to try this year.
I've also leaned my lesson from doing them the "traditional way." Nope... not again.
Now I do a modified mulch and box system. My pc crashed last month and all my pics are off of here or I would post how I do the boxes.
But basically I put out boxes that are shiny on the poutside (they last longer) with the bottom flaps spread out like feet. I put bricks on the feet too because it gets windy here.
Then I put the spudlings in the bottom, cover with a few inches of soil/compost, then pile on the straw/bedding/shredded paper/mulch type materials at the appropriate intervals until the plants turn brown in the early fall.
Rip open the sides of the box and bingo...we got taters.
I also have a section of the garden that is somewhat of a raised bed with wood sides and I rotate the spuds through there as well. I pull the soft dirt aside, plant and cover with a few to 6 inches of soil, then pile on the mulches. In late summer/fall I rake off the mulch and dig my hands through the soft soil (kiddo likes doing it too) like a treasure hunt.
No more trenches for me.
But... the good thing about trenches is that they often survive the winter here and I continue to get harvests for years. Gotta dig them up though.