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Post  jimmy cee on 4/3/2015, 10:15 pm

1st bed up this season after elevation bed project...80 seed potato's planted, 4 to a square..
This is gonna be interesting, a picture series will go on as season progresses.
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Post  jimmy cee on 5/6/2015, 8:24 pm

I promised more pictures of my potato bed and I am a man of my word...
Here they are almost all 80 are up through the ground.
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Post  sanderson on 5/7/2015, 2:37 am

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Post  yolos on 5/7/2015, 4:10 pm

At the end of the season, I would love to know if you think 4 per square was appropriate.  As Sanderson said, impressive.
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Post  Turan on 5/7/2015, 4:58 pm

@yolos wrote:At the end of the season, I would love to know if you think 4 per square was appropriate.  As Sanderson said, impressive.

+1  I just can never get myself to squish them together that much.

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Post  Zmoore on 5/7/2015, 5:37 pm

Ditto- Very Nice.
Love the counter weighted grid!  
Does the top lift off or can you just swing the sides up?
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Post  jimmy cee on 5/8/2015, 10:33 am

@yolos wrote:At the end of the season, I would love to know if you think 4 per square was appropriate.  As Sanderson said, impressive.

Will do, I am going to update this thread as I go along
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Post  jimmy cee on 5/8/2015, 10:34 am

@Zmoore wrote:Ditto- Very Nice.
Love the counter weighted grid!  
Does the top lift off or can you just swing the sides up?

There is no top, all open, two sides can be removed easily for servicing. I may need to add covering depending on bugs.
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Post  jimmy cee on 5/12/2015, 9:13 am

6 days after the last pictures of this bed, I'm satisfied how the above is growing, just hope the below is doing as well.


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Post  yolos on 5/12/2015, 9:42 am

They look real pretty and healthy.  Hope the underground portion is doing as well as the top parts.
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Post  Windmere on 5/13/2015, 4:07 pm

Wow!  What gorgeous work and what beautiful plants.  Nice job Jimmy!
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Post  CapeCoddess on 5/13/2015, 4:17 pm

Amazing!  Is this your first time with taters, Jimmy?  Are you going to build up the MM as they get taller?

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Post  jimmy cee on 5/14/2015, 7:57 am

@CapeCoddess wrote:Amazing!  Is this your first time with taters, Jimmy?  Are you going to build up the MM as they get taller?

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I will add a small amount, these yukon golds (which is the only one my wife uses) do not grow up. They stay under.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 5/14/2015, 1:41 pm

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@CapeCoddess wrote:Amazing!  Is this your first time with taters, Jimmy?  Are you going to build up the MM as they get taller?

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I will add a small amount, these yukon golds (which is the only one my wife uses) do not grow up. They stay under.

I did not know that. Thanks for the info. They are my faves also, along with Red Bliss.

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Post  jimmy cee on 5/20/2015, 10:06 pm

Yukon Golds, planted 4/1/15...picture taken today 5/20/15...
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Post  yolos on 5/21/2015, 12:37 am

Here is a very good overall potato growing article.  I believe it relates more to a southern gardener but many ideas would relate to all climates.
http://chathamfarmsupply.com/resources/frequently-asked-questions-about-growing-potatoes
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Post  sanderson on 5/21/2015, 3:14 am

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Post  jimmy cee on 5/21/2015, 11:26 am

Thanks Yolos.
An excellent read, just subscribed to both newsletters
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Post  donnainzone5 on 5/21/2015, 12:21 pm

I STILL haven't planted my potatoes!  

I'm daunted by the idea of emptying my 2' x 4' x 12", adding a couple of inches of 5-way compost, planting, adding a couple more inches of compost--what with my aching arthritic finger.

Think I should cheat, and just mix in the compost with the existing old MM?
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Post  Turan on 5/21/2015, 12:35 pm

That is all I do, plus a bit of bonemeal, that is perfect fertilizer for potatoes. Just make sure the compost is fully finished. You could put some MM in buckets for later hilling with, or just add mulch as needed. Was this bed in potatoes last year by any chance? That would up your chances of blight, but if you used certified seed last year and this year you should be ok.


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Post  donnainzone5 on 5/21/2015, 12:48 pm

I don't have enough homemade compost to do it that way, but I'm gradually making 5-way compost instead.  

Yes, I used these beds for potatoes last year, but I always buy certified seed potatoes, except for the ones I re-plant the following year.
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Post  jimmy cee on 8/3/2015, 9:34 pm

I have 20 squares with a total of 80 seeds set, they grew nicely and appeared to flourish.
Whats happening below ? now I'm finding out..I am digging up potatos in the squares as we use them.
Most are these sizes, a few are small and smaller.
Larger than a baseball, not as large as a softball, they are delicious.
So far no pockets, or marks, all colored nicely and delicious as I love to eat raw potato's.
This was all grown in 8 inches of Mel's Mix.
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Post  donnainzone5 on 8/3/2015, 11:08 pm

Home-grown potatoes are indeed delicious!
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Post  sanderson on 8/4/2015, 3:56 am

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Post  Marc Iverson on 8/4/2015, 3:17 pm

Those are remarkably smooth, jimmycee. I can't recall ever previously seeing potatoes without all sorts of bumps and depressions in them. I guess that's a good thing? Gotta make it so much easier to peel them.
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