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  1. When do you harvest potatoes?

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    One of the common questions I see about potatoes is when should they be harvested? The simple answer is potatoes can be harvested anytime. Typically, potatoes will start forming several weeks after the seed potato was planted and the plant top formed. However, if you want maximum production...
  2. Heavy rains took toll on my garden - video

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Several days ago we had back-to-back gully washer storms that flooded portions of the garden. Let's just say, a good portion of my potato patch is rotting in the ground. Squash that was in portions that held water are dead, or dying. Pepper plants may not survive. Egg plant is doing well...
  3. Potatoes and corn starting to sprout

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    It is a wonderful feeling to spend a day, or a couple of days, planting, and in a couple of weeks sprouts break through the ground. Three weeks ago my son, my parents, and myself planted 27 pounds of seed potatoes. This made up 4 rows. Two weeks ago my son and I planted 14 rows of sweet corn...
  4. Tips on cutting potatoes before planting

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Some people pant their potatoes whole, while others cut their potatoes into sections. When I buy my seed potatoes, I look for eh smallest potatoes in the bin. Say no larger than my fist. Then I cut the potatoes in half and let them dry before planting. Sometimes the store does not have a...
  5. Fertilizer for potatoes?

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    What fertilizer does everyone use for potatoes? When planting potatoes I start out with 13-13-13. This is a well balanced fertilizer that I feel helps get the plant established. Around six weeks after planting I side dress with 10-20-10 and then work up a mound around the plants. 13-13-13...
  6. Who has their potatoes planted?

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Got my potatoes in the ground a few days ago, which is about a month behind schedule. Usually, I like to plant anywhere from the middle to the end of February. However, this year has been unusually wet. The field just now dried up enough to use the tractor and tiller in. I skipped the...
  7. Who has their seed potatoes?

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Bought 5 pounds of seed potatoes the other day. Now its just a matter of the ground drying out enough so the cuttings can be planted. I have not cut the potatoes yet. Rained the past two days, and supposed to get more rain over the weekend. Garden area is so drenched, my boot sink into the...
  8. Cutting Seed Potatoes

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Almost time to plant the potatoes. Usually, try to plant from the middle of February to the first of March. For people who have never heard of cutting seed potatoes, here is a video I filmed several years ago. I never dip my cuttings in anything. Some people dip them in lime or fire place...
  9. Sweet Potato Slips from Vines?

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I have been experimenting with growing some Beauregard sweet potatoes, this summer. They came in slips and I was wondering, what is to stop me from just plucking off a part of the vine and starting new slips? Does anyone have any experience with this? I'm sure I can get the vine to grow, but...
  10. Two Bits Garden Adventures

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Uggh! My garden space is awful, really. I never put the tomato cages away, the trellis I built for beans and birdhouse gourds is still hanging with old vines. Corn fodder, tomato vines, sweet potatoes hills, Oh my! :o: My troy tiller blew up and it just took the wind out of my sails, so to...
  11. Conservation Recipes: Foods that will win the war; wheatless; sugarless; potato use

    Food and water
    a serendipitous Project Gutenberg file find I thought worth sharing: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/15464/15464-h/15464-h.htm "This book is planned to solve the housekeeper's problem. It shows how to substitute cereals and other grains for wheat, how to cut down the meat bill by the use of...
  12. Potatoes In A Garbage Can (Fail)

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Hello everyone So im in my second year of gardening, last year i grew potatoes just by planting them in a pot nothing special. they seemed to turn out well had about 10 per plant. this year i decided to do something a little different. i planted my potatoes in a garbage can. i started them...
  13. Farm update beans figs and potatoes

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    The season of plenty is upon us. On Saturday June 14, 2014 the grandkids, my wife and I dug 4 1/2 bushels of potatoes, beans are doing good, fig trees have figs on them. Here in southeast Texas we had an unusually cold and wet winter. We got snow 4 times this year. One of the storms blanketed...
  14. Three week update on the potatoes

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    The potatoes were planted March 1st. Here we are three weeks later and the potatoes are starting to break through the soil. This is one of my favorite times after planting, is seeing the first sprouts break through the soil. When the cuttings were planted, they were not planted in a mound...
  15. How to grow potatoes

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Lets make a potato planting thread to help people who considering getting started. There are a lot of different ways to grow potatoes, such as in hay, tires, a box, and in the ground. Personally, I grow my potatoes in the ground. Not only are potatoes easy to grow, but they also store well...
  16. Potatoes and 'crop rotation'

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Hi all, I'm going to attempt to start a garden this year and I'd like to start of with potatoes. I'm almost completely new to the idea of gardening other than watering my mum's garden a couple of years ago, but that went down the drain with the introduction of caterpillars into the lettuce...
  17. Potato Advise needed

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I am trying to grow some potatos for the first time and need some advise on the mounding that you are supposed to do. I am already a bit late I think as some of the plants are over 12". instead of just using dirt I was thinking of using a mix of the waste from the rabbits. its a mix of hay...
  18. Potato Failure any ideas?

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    So a few months ago I planted some potatos in a 5 gallon bucket. I started it in my basement as it is still pretty cold here in Indiana. Here is what I did. Drilled 3-4 holes in the side of the bucket about 2-3" from bottom 2"-3" of rock in bottom 3" of potting soil placed potato with eyes...
  19. Various potato questions

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Ok, I am new to growing potatoes. Last year was my first year and I had very good results. This year I am going to give it another go. I have my seed potatoes baught, 10lbs of yukon gold, 2 lbs of German butterball and 2 lbs of aderondac blue. My garden is only so big so I would like to try...
  20. How to dry potatoes

    Food and water
    Living on the tropical island potatoes done keep well unless they are dehydrated. found this recipe Dehydrating Vegetables: POTATOES Instructions for dehydrating potatoes: 1. Scrub, peel (optional) and rinse potatoes. 2. Dice, grate or cut into ¼” slices. 3. Soak vegetables in ascorbic acid...
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