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Monday, April 5, 2010

Potato Planting!

In keeping with a 6,000 year old human tradition, tis the season for potato planting! We owe thanks to the Incans, who first cultivated this delicious staple. Could you imagine life without Mr. Potatohead? Actually, all of South American and European history would have been drastically different without this fabulous crop! Take a look at The Potato Council: for ALL things potatoes. These folks are serious potato fiends!

There are five different varieties of potatoes we are trying out this year: two red-skinned, white flesh kinds; two gold-skinned, yellow/whitish flesh varieties; and a purple and pink-skinned white flesh potato. Our neighbors at Whipstone (where we worked last season) also gave us some fingerling potatoes to try out.
First, we cut up the potatoes to get the most "seed" potatoes. Though potatoes do produce actual seeds, most farmers plant seed potatoes, which are the same as your regular potatoes. (You must be careful that you don't accidentally eat them in January.) We want a couple eyes on each piece, as that is where the plant will sprout from. Matt makes sure the cuts are all facing the sun and wind so they dry out.
After drying, we're ready to plant! Byrnie has an old, horse-drawn potato planter that he refitted for a tractor. It's simple mechanical parts make planting a breeze; this hundred year-old machine works wonders! Two disks in front dig a ditch for the potatoes. Inside the box, what looks like a mini Ferris wheel drops the potatoes every foot or so. Then two other disks cover them up! Fantastic! I can even ride on the back for even more fun!
Potatoes only grow up and out from where their tuber is, not down like other root systems. When the tubers are exposed to light, they start to green. This being the case, farmers need to hill potatoes, or pile dirt, straw, or mulch on top of them as they grow, so the potatoes are continually covered. Hilling helps with drainage, so the taters don't get too saturated. It also helps keep the soil loosened to provide adequate room for growth and cultivates weeds at the same time.
Come July, we'll be digging these jewels out of the soil!

1 comment:

  1. come july, eh? maybe i can swing by in august and we can make some garlic mashed taters together!! mmmmm