Rock dust and worm castings were put in the hole in the straw
with each piece of seed potato. The straw came from unrolling
4 large circular bales; they came to about 20m long each
and we planted 3 seed spuds wide every 15".
Yesterday I gave them a foliar spray of fish emulsion. We
estimate ten hours input labour should yield over a tonne of
spuds. If they go well, 2 tonnes. Clean, ready to eat, just
rake the straw off, and pick them off the ground. We have
four varieties, this year.
Petrol here is 81.7 cents per litre - about $3/gallon. We never
jump in the car without seeing if there is another three things
we can do while we're "there". On the village, we'll have a
daily commute to the local town, and a twice a week service
to the major regional town, so people can also save on the
other costs of owning a second or third car, which are probably
as much or more again as the fuel costs.
Well said Bill.
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