Planting Spring Gardens: Potatoes

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When planting potatoes for a spring garden, start before the heat of the summer. Start growing potatoes with the tips in this free video on gardening and farming from a professional organic gardener. View Video Transcript

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Daniel Botkin

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Spuds are something that are real good to plant early in order to beat the Colorado potato beetles, and also to get them off to a robust start before the heat of the summer. So, I'm going to show you a tricky little way to get some spuds in the ground that does not involve so much digging. What I've done here is I've hollowed out the downhill side of a raised bed. In other words, I've took the path and I'm going to convert into a grow zone this year, and then next year I'll reconvert it back into a path. So, I carved a little trench. I'm going to fill that trench with a light layer of mulch, just a little mulch to create a bed for the spuds to lay in. And then, into that mulch I'm going to lay a nice track of very fertile compost, manure. Spuds being heavy feeders, no lime. So, I lay my track of manure like so. And, here, you can see my seed potatoes. Today we're planting purple potatoes which come to us from ancient Peru. And they're beautiful and delicious, and they grow really well in our New England climate. And, since the potato seeds are rather small, I'm going to place them a little closer than usual. Maybe 8 to 10 inches apart, like so, and then I'm going to use my hoe to very gently collapse some soil right on top of them. First this side and then the other side. Bringing on top of them enough soil to bury them in and to make a nice bed for the spuds to grow. I'll tamp them down and cover them over with a second layer of mulch, and then they can just hang out until the next rain storm.