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One potato plant!
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Aprille    Posted 07-06-2003 at 05:48:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am just wondering if anyone could take the time to tell me when I should YANK this bad boy outta the ground..it already has little white-ish flowers on it and is extremly hardy!! Really only one or 2 plants in total but I have no idea when to pull it out of the ground or if I should dig it out or what I should do..Please help


DeadCarp    Posted 07-06-2003 at 06:56:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Back in the mid-50s, during the week my dad and a couple other iron miners needed a place to sleep so would share this old house by the railroad tracks - well they'd take turns cooking and in those days before indoor plumbing you'd just sling the dishwater and kitchen scraps off by the porch. Somebody must have peeled spuds a little thick, cuz one of the peelings sprouted and thrived. They'd sit out there and guess how many spuds they'd get from the plant, which blossomed and grew big as a hedge bush. come Fall, somebody brought a spud fork and they decided it was time for the spud ceremony, so they dug the thing up, and not one darn spud! Hope yours produce a little better than that :)


Salmoneye    Posted 07-06-2003 at 06:09:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wait till it starts to die back naturally and then carefully spade around the plant starting about a foot out from the stem...

Careful not to spear the taters or you will have to eat them when you get back to the house...

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Aprille    Posted 07-07-2003 at 03:46:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thank you so much for your quick responses..this plant is just outside my kitchen window..I am a bit concerned about lead actually so I may not eat whatever takes due to that..REALLY close to the house and much peeling paint..I think it will be a great way to get a feel for growing them when we move farther up N'oth after the house is built..thank you again :>


TB    Posted 07-07-2003 at 06:00:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Aprille. Salmoneye is correct. Althoe If memery serves correct about the time the plants are in bloom thay should be hilled. Pull the loose dirt in around the plant or HEAVELY mulch around the plant. Most of the taters will form right at about ground level or just below. Good luck.


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