Growing – Potatoes

Learn potato growing techniques: soil care, watering, pest control. Elevate your yields with expert insights. Cultivate your potato harvest with confidence.

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Weeding and Ridging Potato Drills with a Tractor: using a Massey Ferguson 35x, with a Ferguson grubber and drill plough

Hello, fellow potato growers! Today, we’re diving into the world of mechanized weeding and ridging. If you’ve got a larger area of potatoes, using a tractor and specialized equipment can make the weeding and ridging process more efficient and less labor-intensive. In this article, we’ll explore how to use a Massey Ferguson 35x tractor, a […]

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How to Grow Organic Potatoes: A Beginner’s Guide to Cultivating Chemical-Free Spuds

Organic gardening is becoming increasingly popular as people become more conscious of the food they consume. One of the most popular vegetables to grow organically are potatoes. Potatoes are relatively easy to grow, and they are a staple in many households. Growing organic potatoes is not only good for the environment, but also good for

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How Much Magnesium Do Potato Plants Need To Grow Optimally?

Magnesium is an essential nutrient for plant growth and development, and potatoes require a sufficient amount of magnesium to grow optimally. The amount of magnesium required by a potato plant can vary depending on factors such as soil type, growing conditions, and potato variety. How much magnesium do potatoes need? The amount of magnesium you

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How Much Fertiliser Should I Add To My Potato Plants?

Adding fertilizer to potatoes is an important step in the process of growing a great crop. But there are many questions about the best type of potato fertilizer to use and how much is required. This article looks at using chemical and organic fertilizers and how much you should add at different stages of the

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Fertilising Potatoes: the key to big yields

If you are growing potatoes for the first time, you may be wondering if fertilising potatoes is a good idea. Like all living plants, potato plants need adequate nutrients to grow and produce large tubers. Namely, potatoes need nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, the three nutrients denoted in the NPK ratio on a bag of fertilizer.

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Can I Grow Potatoes In Straight Compost: + how to increase its P and K

You may have read about growing potatoes in compost and wondered if it was really a good idea. Technically, potatoes can be grown in compost alone, but it isn’t always the best choice. Amending your soil with compost or making a potting mix with compost and soilless mix for containers may be a better choice.

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Can You Cut The Tops Off Potato Plants? big bulk problems

Potato plants (Solanum tuberosum) produce leafy tops that grow to 40 inches tall, explains the International Potato Center. The tops perform photosynthesis and manufacture energy that is stored as starch in the underground tubers. Without the tops, your potato plants cannot perform photosynthesis, and tubers will not grow. However, there are times when the tops may

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Can Potatoes Grow Too Big: why massive potatoes (tubers) should be avoided and how to keep their growth in check

Potatoes come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from tiny fingerlings to massive baking potatoes. The size of the mature potato tubers depends primarily on the type of potato you are growing, but other factors also affect their size. While many gardeners face the challenge of potato tubers that grow smaller than expected, sometimes

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The Best Soil For Potatoes: what it is and how to get it

Potatoes are easy-to-grow vegetables that will grow in nearly any soil. However, you should aim to provide the best soil for potatoes by following the steps I have outlined below. They do best in soils with a pH between 6.0 and 6.5.  Providing potatoes with good soil, adequate nutrients, and plenty of water will increase

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How To Hill Up Potatoes: a guide using hand tools

Hello, fellow gardeners and potato enthusiasts! Today, we’ll be discussing an essential technique that can significantly improve your potato harvest: hilling. When you hill up potatoes, you’re encouraging the plants to produce more tubers, which means a bigger yield for you. This article will take you through the ins and outs of hilling, providing you

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