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Postby butterfly » Jul 22, 2008 4:28 pm

I am asumming they will get a lot bigger than this


So should I put more soil around the base of the plants now?

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Postby bluewillow » Jul 22, 2008 5:04 pm

It is hard to tell but I would keep hilling them up. You don't want any spuds showing as they will turn green and be useless. Others will know better ... been a long time for me.

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Postby B_BQ » Jul 22, 2008 5:59 pm

After you have planted your seed potatoes, in a good deep channel, you wait for them to show signs of growth. Once they are up about 4 inches you hill soil until only a little bit of the growth is showing. You then wait until another 4 inches or so of growth, and hill them yet again. You keep on doing this until you can't hill easily any more. Then you just wait. The growth will eventually flower, and then start to die off. Once things start to die down then you should be safe to start harvesting the potatoes.
Sharon has much more experience than me, so you may want to ask her directly, but this is what we have done for many many years, and have always had a pretty good crop.
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Postby butterfly » Jul 22, 2008 6:06 pm

BBQ wrote:After you have planted your seed potatoes, in a good deep channel, you wait for them to show signs of growth. Once they are up about 4 inches you hill soil until only a little bit of the growth is showing. You then wait until another 4 inches or so of growth, and hill them yet again. You keep on doing this until you can't hill easily any more. Then you just wait. The growth will eventually flower, and then start to die off. Once things start to die down then you should be safe to start harvesting the potatoes.
Sharon has much more experience than me, so you may want to ask her directly, but this is what we have done for many many years, and have always had a pretty good crop.
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I knew you would reply and you know what you are talking about

so this I will do when it dries off. Ground is soaking wet now and more rain to come

I am assuming the hilling makes them grow and gives them more room to develope

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Postby dj_backq » Jul 22, 2008 6:06 pm

Either hill them with soil or mulch with straw or leaves.
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Postby butterfly » Jul 22, 2008 6:27 pm

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Postby B_BQ » Jul 22, 2008 6:29 pm

As you cover the growth with more soil, then more potatoes will develop from the stem, so the more stem you can cover the more potatoes you will get.
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Postby butterfly » Jul 23, 2008 10:28 am

BBQ wrote:As you cover the growth with more soil, then more potatoes will develop from the stem, so the more stem you can cover the more potatoes you will get.
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Thanks

so I should have very little green leaves showing then??

I better get at it when it stops raining
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Postby Durgan » Jul 26, 2008 5:24 pm

BBQ wrote:As you cover the growth with more soil, then more potatoes will develop from the stem, so the more stem you can cover the more potatoes you will get.
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Absolutely fallacious. Potatoes do not grow from the stem.

http://www.durgan.org/ShortURL/?CCZOA 18 July 2008 How Potatoes grow.
The tubers are formed in a circle, at about the same level around the seed potato. There are no shoots emanating from the stalk. Hilling is necessary, since the tubers push through the soil, and when exposed to light they turn green indicating an alkaloid called solanine, which is harmful to ingest. The eyes of potatoes also have solanine, which indicates that they should be removed prior to cooking.
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Postby B_BQ » Jul 26, 2008 5:36 pm

I bow to your superior knowledge. Does fallacious has two lls. :wink:
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