Growing Potatoes in Your Back Yard

Designate a space which will have 6 or more hours of full sun. Amend your soil with com-post or manure 4 to 6 inches deep. Your plaUntitled-2nting circle should be 3 to 4 feet in diameter.

In early Spring, space 8 to 12 potato seeds evenly around your circle, and cover with 4 inches of soil. Depending on the soil temperature the sprouts will begin to emerge in about 2 to 4 weeks. When the stems are about 10 to 12 inches tall, begin to mound soil around the base of the plants to start forming a hill by covering half of the stems. An-other hilling will be needed 2—3 weeks later, at which time you again add soil half way up the stem of the plant. This hilling process is necessary to create sufficient space for the potatoes to Untitled-3develop the fruit. For maximum crop, keep your potato plants well watered throughout the spring and summer, but especially during the period when they are in flower. This is the time when the plant is creating the new tubers and water is critical.

You may begin to harvest your potatoes 2—3 weeks after the plants have finishedUntitled-4 flowering.

 Other vegetables you can start in early Spring: Spinach, lettuce, Broccoli, Cabbage, Sweet Peas, Onions and Garlic.

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