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Vegetable Gardening: How do I "hill" my potato plants?

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Maynard, MA

June 17, 2012
7:22 AM

Post #9168562

Hi Everyone,

This is my first year growing potatoes. I used organic seed potatoes (yellow finns) and they are growing gangbusters. After reading about how to grow them in the Vegetable Gardener's Bible, I decided to plant most of them in holes that I would later fill in, thinking it would be easier for me than traditional hills on top of the bed. However, I didn't realize that the foliage would be so large and abundant. Am I really supposed to cover all that greenery with loam??? I think the books say that when the plants are about 1 foot tall, cover them up so that only about 3" of foliage shows. I feel strange burying a plant's leaves. Is this really the right thing to do or have I misunderstood?

-Shayna, the potato newbie


Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 17, 2012
10:07 AM

Post #9168736

You can use dirt, compost, leaves, or straw to pile up the stalk. Leave the top leaves showing.


Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 18, 2012
6:54 AM

Post #9169800

Do what Stephanie suggested. That's the way my father used to do it.


SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

June 18, 2012
10:06 AM

Post #9170016

Yep! That's hilling!
Maynard, MA

June 18, 2012
3:15 PM

Post #9170511


Here I go...
Harwinton, CT

June 23, 2012
1:26 PM

Post #9177398

We've been planting potatoes for years and we never cover up the leaves, just hill dirt up over the root area where the spuds are developing. We always get a good crop up here in CT.

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