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Question: 488-811
We would like to grow Potatoes. We know that they were grown in nearby farms years ago. Any ideas? Zene, Groton, CT

Mort's Answer:
Soils in your area have a tendency to be boney and have low water trables becauseof the abundance of ledge. You will need to harrow your soil each year and till it a few weeks after the turning. Any root crop does not succeed with shallow water and large stones. Potatoes require high fertility. Use 10-10-10 fertilzer to enrich the soil. Lots of organic matter will help give a loose texture.

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Question: 752-2012
We are planting potatoes for the first time this year. We were told to use 5-10-10 and are planting in six inch furrows. Any other advice? Pat, Cleveland, OH

Mort's Answer:
Unless you used aged manure, which I would recommend, you need more nitrogen. Potatoes are big feeders. Next year you can use 10-10-10 for your spuds. Soils should be fluffy to have good root growth. Plow to a depth of a foot and place your eyed pieces at six inches. You can get an industrial size rototiller instead of a plow, if you have a small plot.

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