It is possible to invent in all spheres of human activity. And agriculture is no exception. It is known that potatoes are best grown in sandy soil: and plant it well and harvest easy to mechanize. Well, if the soil is solid clay, weather – rain, rain, revocable, and agricultural equipment available? Grow crops in this case, the farmer helps his fiction. To trace the course of thought of the inventor, as a rule, difficult. But by and large, useless. Much more important is the result of the thinking process. In the case of potatoes, in relation to my humble experience since 1991, it can be so.
In the spring I’m on my nepahannoe a plot laid out in the light of sprouted seed potatoes on the ground and sprinkle a layer of sawdust mixed with peat, rotted manure, other organic matter, and ash. Layer thickness about 10 cm, only potatoes could be seen.
According to the traditional technology of cultivation of potatoes usually waiting when the ground thaws and dries out, that is ripe for ploughing. And only after plowing her tubers are planted.
In my opinion, no need to plow, and planting can begin immediately after the snow melts, that is, a month earlier than usual agro-technical terms. It is beneficial in many ways. First, get potatoes early; second, the early planting significantly increases the total harvest.
Your plot area of one hectare on the edge of the forest in Kostroma region, I broke for plot size 60×15 m with a two-foot paths between them. Rainfall less eroded plots, enhance their contour plastjami of split on the diameter meter of logs with a thickness of 20-30 cm, the benefit of the forest nearby.
The sawdust I use only the old, semi-rotted. Fresh acidity: shoots fired and can’t even come up. Low acidity, on the contrary, useful: tubers, no scab.