Developing Organic Potatoes
Potato Seeds – developing potatoes from genuine seed which is more troublesome; most grounds-keepers basically plant seed potatoes.
Spuds – epithet for potatoes – got from the Latin sped which implies sword. Our assertion spade comes from this word which is a sword which is stuck into the ground to open the opening for the potato. At some point in the nineteenth century spud – an Irish burrowing carry out used to plant potatoes – and potato became equivalent. Try not to ask me…I’m just part Irish!
WHEN TO PLANT
In Northern regions, you can start planting and developing seed potatoes straightforwardly in the nursery 14-21 days before the last ice date.
When to harvest potatoes? Potatoes can withstand a light ice, and regardless of whether the plants shrink and become dark with a heavier ice, the plants will return (this happened to us last year).
You can start developing most assortments of potatoes in late March or April; in the event that you plant too soon in the spring you risk your seed potatoes spoiling before they develop.
Last year I wrongly planted our potatoes too soon, and it truly hindered their development. Our Ukrainian neighbors planted around mid-April, and their potatoes came up before our own did! What is more, they had a vastly improved harvest.
Late season potatoes might be planted as late as July in Northern environments. These late season assortments store better too.
You can become both red-cleaned and white-cleaned potatoes as ahead of schedule and late yields.
In Southern regions, you can start planting and filling in February or March. Temperatures typically stay above freezing in numerous spaces of the profound south (Southern pieces of GA, AL, MS, LA, TX, and the whole territory of Florida). There you can frequently plant potatoes by mid-January, and one more yield in mid-to-late September.
Contingent upon your developing environment, potatoes arrive at development around 3 to 4 months.
WHERE TO PLANT
Potatoes ought to be planted in a space that gets no less than six hours of full daylight day by day.
In case you’re changing yard over to plant region, it is ideal to try not to plant potatoes in the new nursery region for essentially the primary year as they might be attacked by grubworms.
Potatoes lean toward all around depleted soil with moderate amounts of natural matter and sand.
Try not to add a lot of fertilizer to your dirt as it causes scabs on your potatoes – this happened to us a couple of years back.
Setting up YOUR SOIL
Potatoes develop best if the pH level of your dirt is around 4.8 to 5.5; they’ll ordinarily do OK by any chance up to 6.5, in spite of the fact that they might have really scabbing.
In the event that your dirt has a pH above 6.0, you can buy potato assortments that are scab-safe. Potatoes require a good measure of potassium and phosphate which is normal of root crops.