Thought you might like to know, from the U.K. and potatoes very much part of my diet, living in Thailand past seventeen years, yes growing my own potatoes, success yes as long as you keep the soil moist beautiful potatoes every year, my planting dates Dec harvest when ready around 10 weeks and May, thanks for your tips.
Hello, I have a couple of questions please. I have a bed about 5*40, two good size rows. It gets direct sunlight from around 1030 until around 230. I live in south Alabama and it gets very hot. Would you think potatoes would do good there? Also, I added about one bag(2cu ft) of soil w/ manure in while tilling, to give the soil just a touch of fertilizer. But I see you recommend not to use it. This was not pure manure and only one mixed bad to a 5*40 plot. Do you think this will be safe for potatoes? I am planting now and trying to find out what would work good there.
I have another garden spot 30*27, absolutely full sun that is planned and ready to plant, actually will be starting on it late today or in the morning. Here is a link to my garden on Pinterest. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/330381322636938094/
Thank you for your advice, Mary
The garden that is in full Sun should do very well. I'm not sure about the potatoes, though. Potatoes like it cool and they also like a lot of Sun. Check with a local nursery to see if there are any types of potatoes that can handle the heat. Your link to Pinterest didn't come through as a link.
My potatoes are getting too tall and no blooms yet. Did you ever hear of cutting the top of the plants off, leaving about 5 in" of green growth to further growth under ground?
I wouldn't cut your potatoe plants. It's better to build up the dirt around the plants. I've had some quite good yields even without the plants flowering. It's still quite early in the season. You may see flowers yet.
Any suggestions to keep scab from forming on my potatoes? They are still edible, but not too attractive.
Hello BC Gardener,
I found that scab formed on my potatoes when I used old manure in their bed. That is the main reason that I never use manure on the potato beds. I haven't had a problem with scab since I stopped adding this element.
Couldn't help but notice the solar panel at the end of the potato rows. Do you use it for water or otherwise. Just wondering, always looking for options.
The solar panels are used for electricity. We are still tied to the grid. When we produce more than we use, if our batteries are full, the extra energy goes into the grid. If the grid goes down, our home is run by the batteries. This transition happens so fast that the clocks don't even blink! I highly recommend it...