Potatoes: A Complete Planting Guide

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A Complete Guide to Planting and Growing Potatoes with step by step instructions on Seed Preparation, Soil Preparation, Planting, Fertilizing, Watering, Weed Control, Insects, Diseases, Harvesting and Storing. Includes a detailed listing of State Specific Recommended Varieties and Planting Dates.

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  1. My husband and I have a commercial garden in Nebraska, in which we grow vegetables for sale at farmer market. One of our biggest crops is potatoes. We grow Red Norland and Youkon gold. I found this article to have very good information reinforcing things I already knew but a home gardener might not. This was very accurate and informative.
    Thanks for having such a good gardening site.

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  3. Greetings:
    I have had a perennial potato bed for 8 years with no disease. The potatoes do not grow into the soil (the place they get dis-ease). I found a sandy patch of land, spread the seed potatoes on top and then added 6-8″ of mulch hay and 6-8″ of comfrey leaves over the whole bed, twice yearly. No digging, no dirt to wash off and no illness. Give it a try! You really do need the comfrey though, good thing it’s easy to grow!

  4. Thank you for your info. I try to plant potatos and they only get the sizes of marbles. I have very sandy soil and when it rains it gets hard. I put leaves around everything after they start growing to help keep the weeds down. That works great. Then till them in, in the fall or spring. I may have to put more leave and straw.
    But then with my Tomatos, The plant dies before I get the tomatos to rippin’ and the tomatos start to rot. I have the rot wilt or what ever ya call it. I don’t know what to do. We do alot of canning but I’m not getting the tomatos. Can you Help. Teresa

    1. Teresa – It sounds like you are on the right path by adding leaves and straw to your potato beds and then tilling it in the fall. You may want to further amend the soil you are growing your potatoes in by adding additional compost and tilling the soil to a depth of 8 to 10 inches. If this does not work, using raised beds filled with a mix of 1/3 compost, 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 vermiculite will provide an excellent growing medium for your potatoes and any other vegetables

      Here is a link to the Tomato Problem Solver web site where you can identify common tomato problems and find solutions for them -> http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/publications/tomatoproblemsolver/

      Hope this helps.

      1. Teresa,,,,try adding some cheap top soil,,from ur local box store,,and some peat moss,,,along with the sandy soil it will work fine,,,also,,,when u plant your tomatoes,,,plant them deep,,,and cover the soil with news paper,,,,leaves and grass clippimgs leave off a gas the kills the tomatoe plant,,news paper dont,,and in the fall just till it in,,,makes great compost

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