Vegetables and Fruit forum: Growing Potatoes

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Name: Sidney
NC (Zone 7b)
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Sidney
Jan 31, 2017 8:33 AM CST
I plant 2 rows 135'. It take a 50 lb. bag of seed potatoes cut into pieces.
I buy my seed potatoes as soon as I can get them, about 6 weeks before I
Want to plant. I store them in a closet in the house for 4 1/2 weeks, this helps eyes to form out, then I cut my seed pieces. Put them back in the bag and in the closet to dry and skin.
When planting I plow a furrow 6" deep, drop 2 potato seeds, eyes up 18" apart. Cover with 2" of soil, put a light sift of 10-10-10 feterlizer on top, cover with soil. When potatoes plants are about 1' tall, I make a furrow down both sides of the row. I put a good sift of 10-10-10 fertilizer in both furrows, cover with soil and hill up the potato bed. Keep the Colorado potato beetle infestation under control. With sevin spray. If you want some small stewing potatoes in about 2 months dig a few hills, for a mature potato harvest wait until the vines start to die.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Jan 31, 2017 11:30 AM CST
That sounds good although using Sevin, and I have used Sevin,, around here seems to be effective only if I do it repeatedly and by that we are speaking three to five applications or more.
I killed too many good bugs that way.
Name: Sidney
NC (Zone 7b)
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Sidney
Jan 31, 2017 12:01 PM CST
Yea but I can't let potato beetles destroy my crop
Name: Jackie
South Texas
Jackiecg
Feb 4, 2017 7:04 AM CST
thanks for the info Thumbs up
Name: Mary Stella
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Oberon46
Feb 5, 2017 2:52 PM CST
@sidney Am going to try (yet again) to grow potatoes, this time in the ground not in pots (felt). My big deal is not wanting them infested with worms. Don't know what the little buggers are but it is really yukky to cut a potato open and find that 'someone' got there ahead of you. Thanks for the clear instructions.
Name: Sidney
NC (Zone 7b)
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Sidney
Feb 6, 2017 5:38 AM CST
I don't know what type of worm you are having problems with. Here in North Carolina, I don't have to much trouble just nematodes. Check with your local ag extension office about the problem. They will help.
Name: Kristi
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pod
Feb 6, 2017 9:56 PM CST
Old timers here have told me they dust the cut potatoes and the trenches with wood ash to prevent worms. Not sure if your problem is the same.
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Jackie
South Texas
Jackiecg
Feb 11, 2017 6:13 PM CST
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I bought this. Is it good for my potatoes?
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Feb 11, 2017 7:58 PM CST
It is an old standard.
Name: Jackie
South Texas
Jackiecg
Feb 13, 2017 7:26 AM CST
It says 10-10-10...
Name: Sidney
NC (Zone 7b)
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Sidney
Feb 15, 2017 8:12 AM CST
Yes Jackie that will work. It is a slow release Ferterlizer.
Name: sy
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syzone8aUK
Feb 15, 2017 2:30 PM CST
I am going to try growing in containers! I saw a good video where they used a large container but only filled about a quater of the pot with soil then planted the seed, they waited until the shoots where about 8" tall then added more layers of soil on top. Gradually waiting and adding to the top Eventually the entire pot was filled and potatoes where growing throughout the medium. Sounds interesting, has anyone tried this method?
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Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Feb 15, 2017 4:00 PM CST
syzone8aUK said:I am going to try growing in containers! I saw a good video where they used a large container but only filled about a quater of the pot with soil then planted the seed, they waited until the shoots where about 8" tall then added more layers of soil on top. Gradually waiting and adding to the top Eventually the entire pot was filled and potatoes where growing throughout the medium. Sounds interesting, has anyone tried this method?

Some wrote about trying it last summer.
Like most videos, you only see the successes, never the failures.
It works but only to a certain degree.

Name: sy
Northern Ireland (Zone 8a)
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syzone8aUK
Feb 15, 2017 4:54 PM CST
Yeah agreed! The video I watched was a success aparently. I didn't think the yield they got was anything to brag about but I've never grown potatoes so I wouldn't know.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Feb 22, 2017 2:53 PM CST
Alot of people think they will get a hole bag of taters from one plant. WRONG ! 3 to 5 and a few babies. In my experiences.
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Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Sidney
NC (Zone 7b)
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Sidney
Feb 23, 2017 5:56 AM CST
I plant 2 rows 135 feet long.I usually get about 800lbs.with the right amount of rainfall.
Name: Sidney
NC (Zone 7b)
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Sidney
Feb 23, 2017 5:58 AM CST
I plant 2 rows 135 feet long.I usually get about 800lbs.with the right amount of rainfall. Look at my post digging potatoes.
Name: Jackie
South Texas
Jackiecg
Feb 23, 2017 7:13 AM CST
Thanks! I also got some other stuff the plant nursery recommended. I'll put a picture in and you tell me what you think.

Also, we got a TON of rain recently. My garden was a pool. The sun is out all week in the 80s so hopefully it'll dry the soil out. It's still pretty soggy. Do you think my potatoes will rot? Is there anything I can do?

I added a picture of my potatoes. They are still growing well. I have 5 rows in my garden about 10 feet long

I also have another question.. haha sorry.. but I put a bunch of hay in the all the rows to try and keep weeds out. Was that a bad idea? I read that it may make it worse because hay has seeds D'Oh! Crying

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Name: Jackie
South Texas
Jackiecg
Feb 23, 2017 7:17 AM CST
Let me add I only have one row of potatoes out of the five. I will be adding other veggies in the other rows soon. My garden is for my 3 year old and 1 year old. They love it.
Name: Sidney
NC (Zone 7b)
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Sidney
Feb 23, 2017 9:23 AM CST
Potash is good but be careful. The bag in the picture contains 40% potash. Most soils contain enough Phosphorus and potash. Nitrogen is the main nutrient need in moderation to plant uptake. It is good to have a soil test done for ph. They also check the Phosphorus and potash levels, soil retain Phosphorus and potash but not much nitrogen.
Plants are looking good. Straw mulch is not a bad thing to do, it will help to keep insects like the Colorado potato beetle off the plant.

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