[gardeners] Perfect potato plants

matt trahan (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Mon, 31 Aug 1998 13:46:55 EDT

We planted some Yukon Gold potatoes this spring. The above email is
unfortunately, not the method we used. ;-)
 We tried the 3 foot round compost bin with 2 inch circles cut out of it.
We used compost and dirt to fill it. We used 7-8 seed potatoes in a
circle, with 2 in the middle. There was 1/4 mesh wire (hardware cloth)
under the bed to keep out moles and voles. We filled it with sandy loam
and 80% compost over time, up to the top of the bin. I waited till the
potato plants were about 12 inches tall before covering half of them with
another layer of compost.

 Just emptied it today. We got 1.5 pounds worth. And the largest was
about the size of a large egg.
 This was done up in Surry, Va. USDA zone 7. The soil is sandy loam.

 Any suggestions?

Matt Trahan,  matttrahan@escu.campus.mci.net  OR  garden@juno.com
USDA zone 8, AHS heat zone 7, Sunset zone 31, northeastern North Carolina

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