- Posted June 23, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
From garden to table
My potato project to increase yield.
- stein0726, CNN iReport producer
I have been aware of methods to increase potato yields for many years but I've always just used the method my ex-husband taught me which was to hill up your potatoes when they start to produce leaves. If you keep covering the leaves they will grow more vigorously and produce more potatoes.
I've heard for years about people who stack tires up around their potato plants and add soil or straw or leaves to cover. The plants will keep growing and producing more potatoes. But who wants petroleum-based tires in their garden?
I recently saw some videos about other ways to increase potato yield. Some were more labor intensive than others. I decided to go with this method. I bought some hardware cloth (like chicken wire) and surrounded my potato hills with them. I wired the ends together and pushed them down into the soil. I also bought some bales of straw and I covered my potato plants with the straw.
I also included a pic of my mint patch and the potato plants a couple of days ago when they popped out of their hills of dirt.
I will need to water them well and add more straw as the leaves emerge. I may add some compost or other good stuff. I need to research. But everything will be natural.
Some claim they can yield 100 lbs from a single plant this way. I don't expect that, but I'm curious to see how much I will get from each plant. I planted yellow and red potatoes. We'll see which do best.
Potatoes are a much maligned root crop. Congress or the FDA or some fools tried to say potatoes weren't worthy of being included in school lunches or some such nonsense.
The truth is that potatoes are nutritious! My ancestors, the Irish, survived on a diet of potatoes and buttermilk. That was all they needed to stay alive. If it was good enough for them, it's good enough for me!
Dan Quayle got smeared because he spelled potatos wrong. So what? I spell it potatoes. You can spell it potatos if you want. Just don't say they are bad. It's only all that butter and sour cream and such that you smother your spuds with that are bad. And then there are french fries. lol
What's your favorite root crop?
How do you like your taters fixed?
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