May 20th, 2013
Do You Know How To Plant Potatoes?
Posted by F&S
We Frenchies have been told that the taste and texture of home-grown potatoes are far superior to what's available in most markets. Anyway, it's time to plant the potatoes at the farm, but there are a few steps leading up to the actual planting. We took G.K. to the greenhouse to get a lesson from Ryan.
1 Look at these blue potatoes! Even their shoots are blue.
2 And this is a pink potato variety.
3 G.K. - You are going to get a lesson in how to plant potatoes.
4 It's been a very cold spring and the ground wasn't ready to plant potatoes and they've already begun to sprout.
5 A potato has many eyes where the shoots emerge. This one looks kind of scary!
6 A potato can be planted whole, but you get more plants if you cut the potato into pieces before planting.
7 Using a sharp knife, cut the potato making sure that you have at least 2 eyes per piece.
8 You should cut the potatoes a few days ahead of planting time so the pieces have a chance to form a protective layer.
9 You need the potato to have a protective layer to keep moisture in and rot out.
10 Once the potatoes are planted, they send up bushy leaves and form many whole potatoes underground. When they're ready to harvest, you dig potatoes very carefully out of the ground using a garden fork.
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