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How To Grow Potatoes In a Vegetable Bed

How To Grow Potatoes In a Vegetable Bed

24/01/2013

Planting Potatoes In A Vegetable Bed

If you are lucky enough to have space for proper vegetable beds, then you'll want to know how to plant potatoes in a bed, rather than bags or containers.



These videos are about planting the potatoes out. I have put videos about earthing up (hilling in US) and other care issues on different files. So this is just about different ways to plant potatoes out in a vegetable bed - into holes or trenches.


Planting in trenches

This video by an allotment grower in the Yorkshire Dales shows the basics of planting a row of potatoes - hoeing the trench out, spacing them and backfilling. He has not manured the bed or trench in advance so uses a dressing of blood fish and bonemeal in to the trench to give some feed. This is a good video for you to watch if you are just about to plant your potatoes for the first time and have not been able to prepare a bed weeks beforehand.






Advanced Advice - This second video by very experienced grower Joe Maiden (from Bradbeaver's Youtube site) is longer and contains more in-depth advice for the grower who wants to ensure a maximum yield. He has manured the bed months in advance, and uses a second layer of compost on top of the potatoes. He shows you how to plant them and harvest them. If you follow this advice you will get the best results but it takes a little more input. He does use slug pellets in his trench, but obviously you can choose to leave that tip out if you don't like the idea. He is planting in April but in milder more southerly areas of the UK it is possible to plant potatoes in late March. This video contains good solid advice for a really expert crop.







Planting In Individual Holes Rather Than A Trench

This video by US grower JoneHughes3384 uses individual planting holes instead of a trench. He only covers the potato up with a little soil at first and then fills the hole when it starts to sprout. This is an alternative way to plant potatoes which may suit people who prefer to dig holes rather than trenches, or people who are using the potato crop to break up compacted unyielding soil and therefore don't want to have to dig more than needed.






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