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Okay, you asked for it! Just keep in mind I am a noob.
First shot of my potato box, this is a test fit before I started digging down. It is a 1x4.
Dug out as deep as I could get it... which is about 16-18" total. Just beneath this is some serious hard pan red clay. Getting down even that deep took me quite a while, I was measuring my victories in 1/2" here and there towards the bottom.
The stuff I dug out, I shared out between the two beds, mixed up with MM as best as I could, and reserved 3 big pails for backfilling. Not enough, as it turned out.
Those are my 4 seed potatoes there on the lower left. They are Kennebecs.
I put a teensy bit of sterilized manure in the bottom. I was afraid to put more because I read somewhere you don't want the strength of the plant to go too much into the greens.
There's a hole in the bucket! (After I pulled up sod.) Plus some nice rocks I found while digging.
Hole plugged, more or less.
Coming up. (There is already a little backfill here, not intended but it just eroded down.)
First cover, 5/13.
Second cover, 5/16.
Third cover, started 5/20. Very low on MM, so used straw for most of it.
Third cover, finished (covered up with MM), 5/20.
Today (5/24). I dug down to find the baby.
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