I'm more interested in yield from pounds planted, not feet. Did you get 10 pounds for every pound planted. Not everyone has 75ft for potatoes. The small backyard gardener can judge harvest by ratio better than footage.
I hill my potatoes with a hoe and it is easier for me to hill up, a little at a time as they grow, than to do it all at once. Also, I have to plant in early March way before my last frost date(April 15) to beat the heat we get in May. Some old timers plant their potatoes in Febuary, but my garden is usualy to wet to work then. In cooler climates waiting to plant is probably best, but it does not work for me.jal_ut wrote:Growing potatoes is no big deal. The problem is there has been a hundred different things tried and most of those has been published at one time or the other. Lets keep it simple! Have you ever been to a potato farm? Here is how the pros do it and it works. Forget all those other goofy instructions and just do this:
Plant in good fertile soil. Fertile being the key word here.
Plant the sets 4 inches deep 12 to 14 inches apart. One or two eyes per set.
When the plant is 8 inches tall, hill it, one time. Pull up three to 4 inches of soil around the plant. This to keep the tubers from seeing daylight and turning green.
Keep the soil damp.
Control the bugs.
When the plant dies down dig them spuds.
No use making such a simple thing complicated.
Edit to add: Planting time is one week before your average last frost.