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potatoes growing from 2 feet depth and thriving!

 
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Lazy gardener tip I received today, this guy had buried some compost down under 2 feet of soil and there were some potatoes in there.  They had a massive harvest!  I think this may be common, but I've never heard people suggest a planting depth that far down.

When he was digging through the ground the stem just went and went and went, so I think he was saying he found the potatoes down all the way to a depth of 2 feet, it wasn't that a critter moved the potatoes up higher, they were actually growing that far down.
 
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Your post reminds me of an unresolved question I've had on potato varieties.

Determinate versus indeterminate growth, the second type giving more potatoes per plant.

I tried researching a few years back, reading The Complete Book of Potatoes by Hielke de Jong, where it was mentioned once, but not ever again.

Just googling now, I found

https://homeguides.sfgate.com/potato-bag-gardening-35134.html

Determinate potatoes are considered fast-growing and produce tubers at the soil depth just above where the seed was planted. Indeterminate potatoes are classified as slow-growing and produce tubers all along the stem where soil exists.  Indeterminate varieties are preferred for bag growing so the yield is worth the effort.

And a brief list:

Determinate varieties that work well for a short growing season or a small yield include "Red Pontiac," "Chieftain" and "Yukon Gold" potatoes. Indeterminate varieties include "Russet Nugget," "Nicola," "German Butterball" and "Elba" potatoes.
 
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I've had a "perennial" potato patch now for about 5 or 6 years, I planted them that long ago, and I never was able to find them all I guess, lol. Every year now I get a new crop of them and many are located really deep. The do better if you hill them up, so instead, I dug really deep, and kept covering them until the ground was level again as they grew. I wanted to rotate different crops in that spot, but since they keep coming back every year, I just let them be. Some of the best potatoes I've had. I've got 2 varieties in there, red and Irish cobbler potato.
 
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