Jen Fan wrote:
Alexis Richard wrote:
Ooh I'm eager to see how this works too! I've always cut eyes, but I cut mine too small.
My first potato patch was cut up pieces; I try to keep pieces 1-2" with 2-3 eyes. I have no real rationalization behind that choice I worried that I cut some too small but virtually all of them came up. My partner said he's had potatoes grow from PEELINGS in the compost heap! I haven't seen that one myself, but it made me rethink what 'too small' might be for a tater.
Jen Fan wrote:I really appreciate all the input Thanks everyone!
I had never thought about D/InD on Potatoes! How funny! That does explain a lot though :p How can you tell which varieties are which; just observe their growth/production patterns?
I will share our results this year from my novice potato experiments I have going. The plants in our first potato bed seem like they should be setting flowers soon. This bed is a mix of all-blues and purples, bakers, russets, red, and golds. After what I've just read about some of these varieties, with the fact that half the patch is mounded/buried in straw and the other half is buried in straw/soil much deeper, I'm curious to see what happens. They were all set atop loosened soil or lightly buried, then covered in a few inches of hay. I started mounding them in more hay as they reached 4-6 inches and they're now under an 8-12'+ thick mat of hay. It's a lot of work burying them and not smothering the other plants in the process! I'd love to not do it anymore! lol!
We just took any growing spuds from the organic potatoes we get at the store and used those. That's how I've always grown potatoes but I've never had a thrilling harvest. Usually 3-6 spuds per plant, and usually the blues and purples are what I plant. I would love to never have to buy another potato (or anything else) from the store again! But I'm not there yet, so here we are.
I went into this year with the mentality of "get everything I possibly can into the ground so I have more food at harvest cause buying food is BS and I need to get this train moving". I did some reading on the site here the other day before posting this thread and decided to try another experiment;
With the last of the enthusiastically sprouting spuds from the pantry I planted another potato patch. I used my recently 'retired'/rotated rabbit pen and put the tubers down in the low areas, trenches, and dug-outs the rabbits made, 6-10" deep, and mounded about a foot of hay on top of them to cover the pits to soil-level. I watered everyone and will probably not touch them again for a long time. I doubt that area is going to go bone dry. I planted the spuds whole; another technique I read people using on here. Curious to see how it differs from cutting eyes.