Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Growing Potatoes (Part one)
Most of the potatoes were a medium sized potato and a few large ones I would have used for baking should I have been cooking them.
There was only six of this size that I left whole.
The remainder of the potatoes I cut into chunks leaving 3 or more eyes. Some web sites I visited said to cut them into at least 2 ounce pieces. I'm not weighing potato seeds. Some web sites said to cut them into at least the size of a large ice cube and some said to cut them the size of a large egg. I cut some of mine larger than this and a few smaller. I looked at the potato and simply cut chunks that left several eyes on each piece.
I have all different sizes.
Some web sites says to cut them a few days before planting to let them scar over. Some web sites did not do this at all. I don't know if there is a right or wrong way of doing this. I cut mine so I could get an idea of how many rows I need as I plan to plant mine about a foot apart in rows spaced about three feet apart. If it warms enough today I will start laying out my rows and plant. If not they will wait another day. I have a few days to work with root crops by the Almanac.
As you see everyone has an opinion on planting potatoes. You need to find what works for you in your area. Web sites said the more eyes, the more stems produced and more potatoes but they would be small. Some said the seed potatoes with fewer eyes yields fewer but larger potatoes.