Tuesday, June 12, 2012

How to Plant Potatoes

My dad had the best vegetable garden in our neighborhood.  He spent MANY hours planting, weeding and harvesting his vegetables.  You could often find me right behind him asking questions and soaking up his wisdom.  

My dad passed on almost 3 years ago now.  Not a morning of planting or weeding goes by without my thinking of  him and saying "thanks dad".  

One thing I have always been fascinated with is the potato plant.  To me, it's like Christmas when you did one up and see what has grown underneath.   This is how I plant them.

Each potato has several "eyes."  Each eye has the potential to become a potato plant.  Therefore, you will need to cut the potato so that each piece has at least one eye.  

The cut pieces need to "scab over" before you put them in the ground.  This takes a couple of days.  This is what they will look like ...

Now they are ready to plant.  Potatoes like to be planted in "hills."  I hoe up some soil into a mound and poke the potato piece in the dirt.  As the plant grows, keep mounding dirt up the side of the plant.   Should you see those nasty potato bugs...you could pick them off (if organic) or there are products that you can "dust" them with.  I've used the poultry dust from Fleet Farm. 

Till the harvest....Blessings from Wisconsin
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