Courtesy of Wally S., Wally's Urban Market Garden, Saskatoon SK
I just put in a couple of segments of potatoes this week. Norland and Yukon Gold. I'll probably plant 10 segments total, or about 10,000 square feet. That should give me over 600 lbs. of potatoes. My potato cropping strategy is based on extended production throughout the season, so I can sell new potatoes early in the season right through to storage potatoes in the winter.
Peri-urban sites allow you to expand your production to crops you would not otherwise grow in your urban-based plots, like potatoes. These peri-urban plantings of potatoes are easy to maintain, with once a week visits for a couple of hours.
Using peri-urban sites for low maintenance crops such as potatoes allows you to boost you revenue and diversify your crop repertoire, with little effort or investment. Greens are getting al lot of hype right now, but man does not live by micros alone.
You can learn more about Wally's cropping strategies for not only potatoes, but also 39 more classic SPIN crops in SPIN's Crop Profiles guide.
So much about SPIN-Farming is counterintuitive, and the multi-locational urban/peri-urban farming model is a prime example. What at first seems obvious is that a land base comprised of many scattered plots, some a 20 minute drive from your home base, would be difficult to assemble and a nightmare to operate. But not only can such a farm be easily created and efficiently managed, it has big advantages. Find out why in SPIN's
The Multi-Locational Urban/Peri-urban Farm guide.