Re: [gardeners] Perfect potato plants

Margaret Lauterbach (
Mon, 31 Aug 1998 12:01:56 -0600

At 01:46 PM 8/31/98 EDT, you wrote:
>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,  OR
>USDA zone 8, AHS heat zone 7, Sunset zone 31, northeastern North Carolina
Plant in Mother Earth next time, Matt.  Tole ya.  Margaret