Skip to comments.Potatoes: A Complete Planting Guide
Posted on 01/18/2012 10:52:44 AM PST by orsonwb
A complete planting guide for potatoes including state specific varieties, planting dates, days to harvest, nutrition facts, fertilizing, watering, insect and disease information.
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Thanks. I loves me some potatoes and I have always wanted to learn about planting them.
LOL.. you need a little hoop house..you can move.
Here’s a big example
You could pull it over your tomatoes as late fall approaches..Could give you another month to 6 weeks of growing time.
Hey now, I do need a hoop house. I was very fascinated by his little underground green house. I have really have to look into that one. He was 25 degrees overnight in November, we’re about 10-15 degrees colder than that, but I like some of the ideas I just saw. The best was the little dog with a sweater, haha, that made my day! I’m excited that we’re getting into the 30’s in the day time. I’m so sick of winter, lol. I keep thinking one day I’ll get out of this cold Northern climate, but we’ll see. I’m originally from Las Vegas, and moved from one extreme to the other. I must be a glutton for punishment, lol.
As long as the ground doesn’t freeze, I’m not sure what will happen. Curious if they’ll stay in stasis or not that way. If you got some straw or leaves to cover it that might help.
We had a bed of self propagating Jerusalem artichokes that came back for many years.
Growing Potatoes Under Hay/Straw
His little underground thing is an extreme cold weather cold frame.
Most cold frames sit above ground..Still have the 30-40 degree elevation to the winter sun to catch maximum sunlight.
His makes use of the natural insulation properties of dirt.
He has a video of how he made it.
Problem with cold frames is in the spring..those occasional warm days can bake the stuff inside. You can get automatic lifters to vent them.
You did go from the furnace to the ice box..
BTW. regular gardening thread on Fridays.
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Thanks! My husband and I are going to try to grow 100 lbs. of potatoes in 4 square feet. I figure it doesn’t hurt to give it a try! Found it here:
I think the kids will enjoy the process if it works! We’re pretty new to gardening and are just going to jump in with both feet.
Plantng in hay or straw- I used straw.
I used to do that- the kids thought that was great when they had to go out to “dig” potatoes. Just roll the straw back, get the potatoes- which might be a bit burrowed into the soil but certainlhy still all you do is pick them up. then put the straw back in place. Be certain to have minimum 6-8 inches and you might have to add to that depth as the season goes on. I always did add more.
What kind of straw? Where would I get it?
Wheat straw. It might not be easily available in metropolitan areas and areas outside the mid West. In my area, it runs about $3-$4 for a 50-60 lb bale picked up at the farmers barn. Try Craigslist searching the farm category in your area.
I’m sure others have tried other mulches. I just don’t know what else is used. I would think that hay would rot and be moldy if used.
Thank you for the info. God bless.
Good to see you on board: we could use a hand. Onions and taters before Valentines. See you soon.
Garlic is doing well.
Thanks for posting a link to the 4 sq foot potatoe garden. I have been wanting to grow potatoes but our garden space is limited. I think I could convince the hubby to build one of these and give it a try. If nothing else a good learning experience for the kids!
One of our better homegrown food bargains is the anti-glamorous potato. The orsonwb.
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