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- June 1, 2011 at 8:06 pm #29155AnonymousInactive
In mid-April, I followed the instructions in the book “Lasagna Gardening” for potatoes–laid down wet newspapers, placed seed potatoes on them, then covered with 10 inches of straw. However, I didn’t know I should “chit” them first–I did all this the minute the seed potatoes arrived in the mail.
I just knew they were rotting, so yesterday I lifted a bit of straw to look. Found a potato with a 5-inch (estimated) shoot coming up, so covered it carefully up again. I did notice that it’s VERY damp under there.
It’s been a cool, wet spring here, and we’ve only had a handful of hot days. I think we are finally lurching into summer now. Is there hope for these potatoes? (I’m in zone 5a.)June 2, 2011 at 6:53 pm #29704AnonymousInactive
I think there’s hope for your potatoes… you’ve checked and it appears they’re not rotting.
This has been such a slow year. What’s holding them back is not enough heat units in the soil.
I never “chit” my potatoes and have had decent luck. I always just cut them into pieces with a minimum of 2-3 eyes in each piece. So, I don’t think that’s your issue.
Potatoes are pretty easy to grow. I think it’s just a matter of time.June 2, 2011 at 7:10 pm #29706AnonymousInactive
Great, thanks! I’ll try to be patient. :)June 7, 2011 at 9:54 pm #29714AnonymousInactive
I have two potato plants poking through the straw now. I hope that’s not all! But maybe the others DID rot. We had several days of cold, wet weather right after I set them out. :(June 8, 2011 at 3:24 pm #29724AnonymousInactive
I found three more potato plants yesterday evening. So apparently, the secret is to come to this forum and cry about my plants. ;-)
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