Jennifer Edwards wrote:Has anyone tried putting potatoes on the ground and mounding them with straw? I have the use of an organic farm to grow vegetables but there are no garden beds prepared. This is the method that the landowner says he's had success with. He doesn't til the ground. It's just grass and some shrubby stuff, drop the potatoes on (not sure if whole or cut) and covers with straw. He says at the end of the season the soil is beautiful.
Karen Layne wrote:
Cool experiment. Which would you do again, option #1 planting by putting potatoes on the soil and covering with straw, or option #3 planting potatoes in a berm? (Option #2: planting in stacked tires was shot down in round 1).
Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:Last year I experimented with potatoes: plant only potato peel with some eyes, or with a piece of the potato, or whole potatoes ... what would be the difference? I found out there was no significant difference. So some potatoes were produced (it wasn't a large experiment), we ate most of them. The smallest ones of my potato-crop I kept (in a cool place) to plant this season. And so I did, now I see the small plants of my second-generation potatoes grow
We are not real 'potato-eaters', but growing them in your own garden makes them taste much better.
Deb Rebel wrote:Deb Rebel wrote, " I sprout them for 2-4 weeks whole, then flick off all but 3 on the strong end (best sprouts) and plant."
Deb, I've never heard of this method of plucking eyes to produce stronger eyes (sprouts). I like this approach. Makes sense to me.
Todd Parr wrote:Am I the only one that plants the biggest potatoes and eats the smaller ones?
John Weiland wrote:Well, we got nuked the other night by frost....maybe 28 degrees F. Everything except the potatoes seems okay. I had covered the potatoes with tarps and was still somewhat surprised at the extent of the damage. The foliage was not that far along...anywhere from the 4 - 8 leaf stage. I've seen frost on potatoes before, but not this bad. Since they are young, will they grow out of it? Not all of the plants suffered as badly, which may or may not indicate some cold hardiness in those specific tuber clones. My inclination is to wait the next few weeks with some normal watering and with the knowledge that we are approaching the normal date for planting of Memorial Day weekend around the first of June. If this event has left major gaps in the rows, I will fill in with tubers still in the root cellar (reds, russets, yukon golds). Thoughts?
Karen Layne wrote:I think your plan is the same route I'd take. I've had ones in the past that did recover from frostburn but it may not have been as bad as what you now have. I had covered mine with plastic and where the plastic touched the leaves got burned. If your plants are still young, there could be other eyes whose sprouts have yet to surface.
There is a chance of frost here tonight. My plants are tall and just starting to bloom. There's no way to cover all I have in four different beds. Just crossing my fingers that they get the forecast wrong.
Karen Layne wrote:I don't think a cold breeze would hurt as much as a frost, as long as the temp stays above freezing (and it should be upper 30s tonight). And if there is any breeze, it's my understanding, it's not possible to frost. It's been windy today but supposed to lay down over night.
It's 9:30 here, I think they're just going to have to tough it out tonight. Thanks for your suggestions.
Karen Layne wrote:Funny how some of our worst frosts (and other events) are the ones you didn't hear about on the weather forecast. Sure makes it hard to garden sometimes. Takes a really dedicated / passionate gardener to be out at 2:30am protecting her little ones. Way to grow!
Karen Layne wrote:Hardening off, yes. And when they finally get planted they're going to be stout. I've forgotten about them a few times and so they've had wind, cold, hot, pouring rain... Oops.