New Potatoes - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by odyssey_2003
March 7, 2010
How deep should I plant the eyes and how far apart?


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Answer from NGA
March 7, 2010

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Potatoes need space, sunshine, and fertile, well draining soil. Plant seed potatoes whole, or cut them into pieces, each with 2-3 eyes. Space the pieces 6" apart and cover them with 4"-5" of soil. As the vines grow, hill soil, leaves, straw or compsot over them to keep the developing tubers covered. Once the plants blossom, stop hilling up the soil and apply a thick mulch to conserve moisture and keep down weeds. You can harvest new potatoes at this stage of plant development. When the foliage wilts and dies, harvest your mature potatoes carefully, brush off excess dirt and allow to cure for a few hours in a sheltered, airy place. Then store in a cool, dark location (40F is ideal).

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