How are my potatoes?

Potato plants

Did I “hill” them enough? They’re flowering, which means the baby potatoes are forming. Is it too late to hill them more now?

So many great sites online. This one, Northwest Gardening, says:

Once the leaves are about a foot tall, hill them up by covering all but the top 2-3 inches of the plant. You can use soil, though some people prefer straw or sawdust to make digging easier in the long run.

Well, I hilled them for a bit as they were growing but certainly not a foot, more like 6″-8″. And, he goes on to say that he often does this twice.  Ugh.

Mine fall over when we get a heavy rain. Frank said that’s because they’re not hilled up enough. Don’t they normally fall over in heavy rains?

I read that 2 weeks after they start flowering, you can dig up new potatoes. I may see  if I can find a couple. I would love to know what’s going on under that soil.

I apologize to this first batch of potatoes that they were planted during my practice year. I’ll be making many changes with future plantings!

This entry was posted in Potatoes. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *