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need advice ** potatoe growers **

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Dutchman

05-01-2014 15:22:37
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I.m trying my luck on growing some potatoes this year ... QUESTION : when they break ground ... Do I recover them ?? or do I have to wait till they are a few inches tall and then cover the bottoms and leave the tops out ??
<> THANKS for any advice you share with me ....
....... mark




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Bret4207

05-02-2014 04:06:07
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 Re: need advice ** potatoe growers ** in reply to Dutchman, 05-01-2014 15:22:37  
Just be sure you either leave enough room between the rows to have the dirt you need to cover them or a good big supply of mulch to do the same. I like the mulch a lot better, but then I'm on clay.



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Tim in New York

05-01-2014 19:06:08
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 Re: need advice ** potatoe growers ** in reply to Dutchman, 05-01-2014 15:22:37  
Mark - I think we used to always hill ours twice. First time when they were a few inches tall, then again before they got ready to set blossoms. But that was a long time ago.

Tim



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spudm

05-01-2014 17:34:56
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 Re: need advice ** potatoe growers ** in reply to Dutchman, 05-01-2014 15:22:37  
Potatoes grow fast once they make it through the ground. Just make sure you keep them hilled up as they are growing. As they bloom, they will bulk up underground. Never eat a potato that is green.



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John B.

05-01-2014 19:01:59
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 Re: need advice ** potatoe growers ** in reply to spudm, 05-01-2014 17:34:56  
We've eaten green potatoes before and never had a problem but never heard of this problem until now. I'm glad all of you mentioned it. I had to google and read about it.



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Will Herring

05-01-2014 17:11:54
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 Re: need advice ** potatoe growers ** in reply to Dutchman, 05-01-2014 15:22:37  
Yeah, green potatoes are definitely bad times. I think it's called Solanine or something? Don't eat 'em if they're green.



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Owen Aaland

05-01-2014 16:27:35
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 Re: need advice ** potatoe growers ** in reply to Dutchman, 05-01-2014 15:22:37  
Dan Quail WAS right! :lol:



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glen sw wi

05-01-2014 16:13:20
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 Re: need advice ** potatoe growers ** in reply to Dutchman, 05-01-2014 15:22:37  
You should hill(cover) the taters growiing under the leaves. As the spuds grow they tend to start poking out above ground. The spuds should not get exposed to sunlight. Sun exposure will cause the tater to turn green and not be fit to eat. Some people even believe those exposed to the sun can contain poison. I think that part is just an old wives tale.



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JerryS

05-01-2014 16:35:07
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 Re: need advice ** potatoe growers ** in reply to glen sw wi, 05-01-2014 16:13:20  
Not convinced it's an old wives tale, Glen. I recall years ago eating some new potatoes boiled in their skins. One had some green showing on it. As I ate it, I had an instantaneous reaction: nausea, flushed face, dizziness, very extreme feeling of "Holy smoke! What is going on here?" I was OK again in a minute or two, but during that minute or two I wasn't sure what was going to happen next Never ate 'em again, no desire to duplicate the experiment.

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glen sw wi

05-01-2014 16:47:43
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 Re: need advice ** potatoe growers ** in reply to JerryS, 05-01-2014 16:35:07  
Jerry, sorry to hear of your learning experience. Never tested the tale myself. Guess I don't have to try one now.

Glen



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samn40

05-01-2014 15:28:16
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 Re: need advice ** potatoe growers ** in reply to Dutchman, 05-01-2014 15:22:37  
I recover the tops if there is a chance of a late frost. It also helps keep the weeds down. Just at the minute I am having bother keeping the tops covered as they are about 6 inches tall......Sam



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