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BURNING HOLES IN LANDSCAPE FABRIC FOR PLANTING POTATO MINITUBERS IN ‘LONG TUNNEL’ ON WOOD PRAIRIE FAMILY FARM. We aim


BURNING HOLES IN LANDSCAPE FABRIC FOR PLANTING POTATO MINITUBERS IN ‘LONG TUNNEL’ ON WOOD PRAIRIE FAMILY FARM. We aim to get five-year’s-use out of the black landscape fabric we lay on top of the soil surface and underneath our portable 600-foot ‘Long Tunnel.’ So, five-years has gone by and this was the year to replace it. That meant once again burning 9500 new holes in a double-bed formation.

Here, Travis (left) and Peter, using a homemade plywood template and propane torches, burn holes in the fabric. This technique seals the hole circumference which prevents unraveling.

As Travis & Peter systematically progressed with their work, a three-man-crew followed up behind them, poking holes into the soil and then filling those holes with Potato Minitubers grown from Potato Plantlets in last year’s ‘Short Tunnel.’

After multiplying up our Organic Maine Certified Seed Potatoes for two years in these two tunnels covered with Aphid-Excluding Netting, we then shift over to field production – for another year or two – before the seed is available to sell as seed to our thousands of other Home and Market Gardeners. It’s a Row-Row-Row-Your-Boat ongoing-multi-year process.

With most all of our crops now planted we’re shifting over to taking care of our Organic crops.

Caleb, Megan & Jim




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