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Old 03-30-2012, 11:39 PM
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I got about 900 lbs of taters total from 3 5x5 boxes last year. Hoping for more this year with such an early start.

Add another layer when they're 12 inches tall. Leave 6 inches above ground. Or check your boards and add when the plants are 6 inches taller than the new boards.
Are you harvesting them out the bottom like the picture in the link somebody
posted? I can't see how that will work - it looks to me like the whole mess
is going to just sink down when you pull the potatoes and dirt out the
bottom.
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We can get frosts where I am right into May, but I always plant the majority of my crop on Good Friday, but as that is anytime between late March and late April, its not a fixed date. If the potatoes get frosted they will regrow - it is no real loss, as they have developed a root system and so will grow quicker than if you planted them a few weeks before the last expected frost.

When I know a frost is coming, I cover mine with Ag fleece. I put some early potatoes in tyres the end of February and once the shoots were up, they got the fleece every night, take it off in the morning and they will do until I can be confident we wont be getting 'surprise' frosts.

Growing them in tyres is something I have not done before, but I intend to add more tyres and compost as the potatoes need earhing up.
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Atlantics do well here in Maine, And Russets. I usually wait and plant around the last of May first of June, second week of Aug i start eating new potatoes... I have a large garden. I plant the spuds in a good hill. After the tops come up and are about 4 to 8 inches high i hill them again..
I always have enough potatoes to go through the winter and have enough left over for seed,
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We too are in a loop of the jet stream and it is really hot here. I have just come in after planting out 60 potatoe plants, which is why I am relaxing on this forum now, I need the rest.

One big tip is not to plant potatoes where you planted them last year, not sure why, bugs maybe.

Earth up when the stems have emerged a few inches from the top of the mound, sooner if there is frost about. Almost cover the leaves but not completely. I plant in the top of mound in rows. We have a tool that has a small plow like attachment on it which makes nice grooves, but for potatoes I plant in the mound between.

20cm deep 40cm between the plants and 60 cm between the next row. We earth up as and when needed and then fill in the troughs with straw as a mulch.

This seems to work for us in what is usually a hot dry summer.

Have also planted in towers of tires which was also successful. I think folks above have mentioned YouTube links to explain this, but I have posted about this before on here so maybe you could do a search.

Good luck, get planting.
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I don't take the bottom out, I use mostly dry leaves and decaying wood in my bed so the soil is very fluffy and light. I just stick my hands in and pull out potatoes as needed until the end of the season, then pull the rest all out.
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I don't take the bottom out, I use mostly dry leaves and decaying wood in my bed so the soil is very fluffy and light. I just stick my hands in and pull out potatoes as needed until the end of the season, then pull the rest all out.
The instructions on that contraption say that you're supposed to pull the
oldest potatoes out the bottom and then add more dirt on top. But I don't
see how that can work.
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The instructions on that contraption say that you're supposed to pull the
oldest potatoes out the bottom and then add more dirt on top. But I don't
see how that can work.
If I understand it correctly you only pull off a bottom board long enough to remove a few potatoes and than you replace it. Otherwise the dirt would just fall down.
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Exactly. You remove the board, pull some out and put the board back trying to disturb the rest of the contents as little as possible in the process.

Remember you aren't removing the entire bottom layer of 'stuff'. You're only loosening up some and removing potatoes. The rest stays put.
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I like the looks of the "potato tower" idea, but that "bottom board" machination looks
to me like a recipe for a Fuming Mad Afternoon.
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Then don't.... this is how easy it is to pick potatoes without disturbing the rest. Remove the taters and afterward you can't even tell you were in there.

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What type of wood do you all use to do your potato towers?
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