How to grow several potato crops
Potato round dance
To collect in a single season several harvests of good potatoes; It is not necessary to chase after some wonderful sorts. It is enough to carefully read this letter and follow the author's example.
I'll tell you about my way of growing potatoes. In the middle of February I deposit the seed tubers into the house from the basement and lay them on the floor on the litter in one layer for germination.
In the meantime, I put out half-liter plastic glasses and fill them with a third prepared right there, as they say, without leaving the cash register, with a soil mixture of purchased and garden soil (1: 1) with the addition of sifted ash and crushed shells (I take these components on peephole). While the essence and the matter, I look - and the tubers have reached the condition. I select those of them, on which there are more than two large and plump eyes, and plant one thing in glasses.
Important specification: just before this, the soil mixture in these cups is watered with a solution of chicken manure (1: 10).
From above I fall asleep with the same mixture and cover with polyethylene. Now it's time all
put it in some relatively cool place where the potatoes will sprout further. I used to take glasses out to the summer kitchen, but then I was always tormented because of a lack of space (I managed to place about 80 pieces in all - you won’t be able to deal with so much planting material).
But a year ago I was put in a vegetable garden in a vegetable garden, and I began to take the tubers there: so that they would not be disturbed by the cold earth, I would place pallets with old flannel blankets under the glasses, and I would cover with black nonwoven material that absorbs well sunlight and gives heat to the tubers.
I remove it, as soon as there are sprouts from the eyes. If by that time return frosts are declared, I put arcs above the pallets and already on them I cover the covering material. Straw the tubers as the soil mixture dries.
With this simple care, the shoots are strong and healthy: they rise to 15-20 cm above the edges of the glasses.
See also: Early potatoes - harvest in June
Young potato harvest from spring to autumn
I plant the tubers in the soil on April 22-23. It is very convenient to remove them together with the earth from glasses - you just need to squeeze the walls. I put a handful of straw in the holes and pour the chicken manure solution there. Tubers take root easily, since the transplant is painless for them.
D When a neighbor, like everyone, puts her potatoes in early May, my "greenhouse" blooms. Here you and the early harvest of the most common varieties! And thanks to straw all the tubers are clean, as if washed. And this potato is enough for our family, consisting of four people, before harvesting the one that I plant in the usual time.
Last year I read a letter about how to start growing a new crop almost during the excavation of the old one, and tried to do so. Happened! Such a method. I dig in the bushes, choose large potatoes, and leave the trifle on the roots. I do everything very quickly so that foliage on tops does not lose turgor (in other words, elasticity and juice). And in order to cheer her up, I deepen the holes, add the soil mixture prepared in advance (as described above), water the chicken manure solution and plant the bushes back, carefully spreading the roots. I pour it on top of the earth, water it and spud it. So we get a double crop in one place. I get another crop after harvesting the garlic: I plant old tubers specially left in the basement on the vacant bed. And in late September - early October, young potatoes again make me happy!
In general, the land in my garden never empties. For example, after harvesting the onions, I plant cucumbers instead, and after them - mustard. But in the winter I don’t leave her: when she grows to 45-50 cm, I pull out, chop and put into the dug grooves. I fill them with earth taken from one edge, new furrows are obtained - and so on. In the spring, on such a bed, the soil is so loose that it is better to wish for it!
That's how I enrich the soil without any mineral water and expensive manure. It is necessary to somehow adapt to the current difficult times, following the old saying: "The ghost is fiction".
© Author: Raisa Shining Belgorodskaya obl.
See also: Two-crop potato culture
Note: Tubers with "litter"
In the spring of 2014, laying out tubers for germination, I found strange specimens at the bottom of the bag, in the remaining land there: they contained two or three small, white, dense balls. I touched - it seems to be tiny potatoes. I didn’t tear them away and on May 22 planted these tubers with “offspring” separately from the rest. I looked after all the potatoes as usual: weeded, spudded, and occasionally watered. The main landing was already undermined at the end of July, and the one with the “offspring” in the autumn. And the tubers were clean, with an unexpectedly light skin - apparently, the variety was updated.
The following year, they again planted them separately, but brought in the holes not only ash and compost, but also superphosphate. The tubers again grew large, but there were only five or eight of them in the nests. And I planted the rest potatoes with Azofa, and the result was much worse.
And at last I will share this observation. One day at the beginning of the summer, he suddenly struck frosts (we sometimes have it), and out of seven roots of Mazai cucumbers planted in the greenhouse, four were given ends, and three remained half-dead.
There was no hope for them, but I still regretted them and left them. And what do you think? Soon they woke up, recovered, gained strength and fruited sweat at an accelerated pace-there were a lot of gourmands on them! So, if you, dear holiday gardeners, suddenly have a similar story, do not rush to throw out the affected plants.
And another: 20 years ago planted two seeds of cucumber Kukaracha in a bucket, standing on the window. So they then grew up every night on 1-2 cm. I did not see this marvelous grade, but it's a pity.
2 crops of potatoes per season - video
© Author: Albina Lapeka
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