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Post  OhioGardener on 7/6/2020, 11:50 am

@Eddie Willers wrote:I am now convinced that i have planted way too many potatoes, although we have yet to see our yield...

I didn't know it was possible to plant too many potatoes!  LOL

Gardening is a continual learning experience, and we never stop experiencing new things. I have been learning for over 60 years, and still learning new things every year.

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Post  Eddie Willers on 8/31/2020, 4:02 pm

So for those who have been following this thread as an unintended experiment in how not to manage potatoes, I figured I was overdue for an update. 

SO three weeks ago, I was starting to get very concerned over the amount of grid squares that were getting completely shaded out by my potato plants that were pushing 30-36" tall and starting to fall over, even after being staked and tied up. That concern coupled with my curiosity as to whether it was even worth keeping these plants going when there might be nothing growing below based on how it all got started, I figured it was time to dig one up and see. 

I dug up the biggest one, which interestingly was one of the ones that I left alone from the outset. Reminder, this would have been planted as a whole potato, without any sprouts, 12" deep, with no measure of hilling at any point. When I dug it up, there was almost a dozen or so potatoes at least the size of a golf ball, with at least half of those large than a baseball. I'd say roughly 2 lbs total weight. All of the potatoes were within 6-9 inches of the surface. Nothing as deep down as my initial seed potato, or at least not that I noticed. I was pretty happy. 

Since then I've been pulling 1-2 plants a week as needed for family supper. Apparently I am supposed to leave them out in the sun to thicken up the skins but the sun never manages to set on these potatoes in the first place. 

The plants that I dug up, replanted, and then hilled up over time seemed not quite do as good, with 1.25-1.75 lbs of potatoes per plant on average. 

So in the end, it seems my rookie mistake mattered not at all, and my kids love digging up the potatoes, which guarantees we will do them again next year. While I won't call it a rookie mistake, I did learn about matching plants of various heights, and next year will have a separate 4x4 just for potatoes.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/1/2020, 10:18 am

Eddie Willers 1st rookie mistake - planting potatoes - Page 2 3170584802 cheers The spuds win again!  I mean, they basically kept the Irish people alive on rocky dirt-less soil for centuries...

Love your stories, EW!
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Post  TCgardening on 9/13/2020, 9:26 am

Love your write up on the spuds. I have done fairly well with Red Skins for the past 2 years but have grown them in 25 gal landscape pots. I believe one reason for the hilling is to make sure the potatoes stay covered. Potatoes grown in the sun turn green and become toxic. I get my "seed" potatoes from the local product stand, organic potatoes not treated to suppress sprouting. Seems to work for me.
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Post  sanderson on 9/28/2020, 1:50 am

Happy outcome for a Rookie mistake. Very Happy

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