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#16 MH81 ONLINE  

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Posted June 06, 2013 - 10:05 PM

I am getting better than I thought for germination.

Tonight, we got a rain that had me searching "Ark Plans" on google... it washed a portion of the one potato row away and revealed great sprouts on the 6-7 taters that saw sunlight.  I replanted them right after the rain, hope it didnt mess them up to bad.


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Posted June 06, 2013 - 10:14 PM

WOW, sorry to hear about that!! We got close to 100% germination on taters this year!!

 

This is grocery store taters that sprouted, we buried them so that the 4 inch +- sprouts were just about out of the ground.

 

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This is Southern States $0.50 per pound "seed" taters planted a week earlier,

 

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No pre-sprouting, so they took longer. Both of the plants were twice this size as of yesterday.

 

Who knows what they will look like in a week, since we got 3 inches of rain today!!  :dancingbanana:

 

The grocery store taters were planted "whole" , the seed taters were cut into pieces. 

 

Hopefully, we will be  :flipping_flapjacks:  soon!!

 

My only "trick" is that we switched to PlantTone fertilizer a few years ago. No more 10-10-10 for me!!

 

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Posted June 07, 2013 - 03:49 AM

I planted Yukon Gold several years and they made potato fruit.

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Posted June 07, 2013 - 05:17 AM

My only "trick" is that we switched to PlantTone fertilizer a few years ago. No more 10-10-10 for me!!

 

I can't recall if I've ever  seen PlantTone at are local farm ,maybe have to  look better lol 

Pat does the fruit mean anything as far as how big a harvest you'll get from the plant ?

I had a nice conversation with a fellow that was at work training from  western Pa.   about potato  growing and he said as a family  of 6 boys his  dad had a larger garden , 4 acres , that supplied food for the family and the rest he would sell to people at work.  They planted about 150 lb of  potatoes , the boys would cut them and put them on drying racks  about a week or more before planting .They had a Farmall H  to plow most but had 3 DB for planting the potatoes and cultivating .   His dad would open the furrow with the DB  the  a bigger boy carried the buckets with the potatoes , littler ones put them in  another older one would sprinkle fertilizer then cover (  nice to have all that help ! )   He remembers what a big deal it was when his dad bought an old  1row potato digger he said it took his dad a little while to figure out how to get them most out of the area planted , they ended up putting 2 rows closer together and it would do 2 rows at a time .  But  before that it was all done by hand .



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Posted June 07, 2013 - 06:53 AM

I planted Yukon Gold several years and they made potato fruit.
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I wouldn't know wether to bake them or batter and fry. They look like tomatoes ?

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Posted June 07, 2013 - 07:01 AM

I use Plant Tone and Tomato Tone, have for several years and I get very good results. It's basically an organic fertilizer (smells like it came from a chicken coop!). That reminds me.... I need to pick up a couple of bags today.

 

Here is a link to their site. You'll find a "where To Buy" link on the left:

 

http://www.espoma.com/index.cfm


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Posted June 07, 2013 - 07:27 AM

Thanks for the link :thumbs:   I went through their  products and do remember  buying Holly-Tone  once so they should carry that line at the farm store I go to .    Of course then I opened the link it showed 3 pretty girls in a field  ,,,,,my wife wouldn't be too happy if they grew in my garden lol



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Posted June 07, 2013 - 07:33 AM

I wouldn't know wether to bake them or batter and fry. They look like tomatoes ?

Don't eat them.

 

http://tinyfarmblog.com/potato-fruit/


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Posted June 07, 2013 - 08:25 AM

I planted Yukon Gold several years and they made potato fruit.

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I had some of those last year. I have considered separating the seeds and trying to plant them, But did not, I might ty it if they form this year?


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Posted June 07, 2013 - 09:00 AM

The potato fruit is poisonous. I had 3 or 4 plants do that, they later disappeared. They say it happens when the flowers get pollinated.
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