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Potatoe Question???


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Cyndi19-Feb-08 10:53 PM EST
JoAnn08-May-08 02:25 PM EST 2   
Phillip31-Dec-08 12:35 PM EST 6b   
06-Jan-09 09:51 PM EST   
Myrna23-Mar-09 12:48 AM EST   
Christina09-May-09 10:28 PM EST   
alice25-Jul-10 07:32 PM EST 2b   
alice Gradauer25-Jul-10 07:33 PM EST 2b   
Lori Ruhge18-Apr-11 10:29 AM EST 9   


Subject: Potatoe Question???
From: Cyndi
Date: 19-Feb-08 10:53 PM EST

Hello - I have a question for experienced vegtable gardeners - the potaoes I harvest last year were fine but when I boiled them - they turned really mushy - I needed double the amount to make a bowl of mashed potatoes - what would have caused this as I don't want to make the same mistake this year?


Subject: RE: Potatoe Question???
From: JoAnn (joann.k@shaw.ca)
Zone: 2
Date: 08-May-08 02:25 PM EST

With new potatoes you dont have to boil them as long as store bought. They really are best if you steam them.


Subject: RE: Potatoe Question???
From: Phillip
Zone: 6b
Date: 31-Dec-08 12:35 PM EST

I found the same problem with my potatoes this year. I put it down to having such a wet summer. Also since I was indoctrinating my son-in-law into potatoe growing, I felt he planted them too deep and didn't hill them high enough. I like my seed potatoe to be above the bottom of the trough after the final hilling.


Subject: RE: Potatoe Question???
From: (david.retallick@sympatico.ca)
Zone:
Date: 06-Jan-09 09:51 PM EST

I would try a few different strains of potatoes, some are harder than others.I can't see how height of hilling makes a difference.This year will probably be dryer.The idea of boiling less is also correct.


Subject: RE: Potatoe Question???
From: Myrna
Zone:
Date: 23-Mar-09 12:48 AM EST

We grow 2 varieties of potatoes. Red chieftan Superior. The red chieftan does best in wet weather and the superior in dry weather. Our Red Chieftan were nice and big last year and didn't go mushy but the superior did. So I'd say it's a combination of wet weather and the variety


Subject: RE: Potatoe Question???
From: Christina
Zone:
Date: 09-May-09 10:28 PM EST

Better hilling and adequate soil aeration starting out help harden off potato initial growth, boil for less time and when storing, store in dry deep pine shavings...Good storage varieties of white fleshed potato are the Superior and Kennebec, also Russet Burbank...


Subject: RE: Potatoe Question???
From: alice
Zone: 2b
Date: 25-Jul-10 07:32 PM EST

It's too wet for some varieties, too dry for others. If you have potatoes that boil away to mush, try baking them, or slicing and microwaving them. And not to be picky, but it's spelled POTATO.


Subject: RE: Potatoe Question???
From: alice Gradauer
Zone: 2b
Date: 25-Jul-10 07:33 PM EST

It's too wet for some varieties, too dry for others. If you have potatoes that boil away to mush, try baking them, or slicing and microwaving them. And not to be picky, but it's spelled POTATO.


Subject: RE: Potatoe Question???
From: Lori Ruhge (Calisto58@gmail.com)
Zone: 9
Date: 18-Apr-11 10:29 AM EST

I planted Kipfel fingerling potatoes in February in an above ground cage. I figured there would be less moisture to bother the potatoes that way. Now one of my yellow squash plants has powdery mildew and blight and the potatoes showed black spots on the leaves, then expired. Q: Can I harvest anything from the potatoes? should I remove all powdery plants? I sprayed with a neem oil fungicide miticide insecticide. From this discussion I will spray liquid copper tonight. I think I am too late? Will plants recover once blighted?


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