This year we were given a large bag of seed potatoes. With so many potatoes, I decided to try several methods and see what worked best.
After spending LOTS of time researching, I came up with a list of things to remember:
Well drained soil
lots of space and sunshine
potatoes are heavy feeders
acidic soil reduces the risk of scab
Planting in a containerThe container I used is a plastic storage tote that holds our pine cones for fire starters. With wood stove season coming to an end, I can put this to use instead of storing it empty somewhere.
I cleaned it out and drilled lots of drain holes on the bottom. While potatoes need lots of water, if they sit in water they will rot. Trust me, I know this from experience.
I filled the bottom with about 3 inches of a soil/manure mix. In the past I have cut my potatoes into smaller pieces. This year I decided that I'm going to plant every potato whole.
With the same soil/manure mix, I covered the potatoes to about 6 inches.
As the vines grow, I'll cover them with more soil leaving only a small portion of the leafy top exposed.
Planting in a Hill
Outside of the garden area, there is a nice pile of dirt from moving the garden shed. I made a trench about 2 inches deep and placed my potatoes in it.
|Like my nice straight line?|
Using the same soil/manure mix, I covered these potatoes with about 6 inches of soil.
I only used about a fourth of the seed potatoes. I would like to try the straw/mulch method (dirtless) and the bag method. It should be interesting at the end of summer to see which (if any) method works best.
What method of planting potatoes works best for you?