Dibbling


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I have never grown taters. Any tips for northern gardens?
The best way to start is the simplest: dig out a trench 5" deep, 4 weeks before last frost, or now, if we're past that point.
sow your seed potatoes 12" apart if they're earlies (approx. 12 weeks before harvest), 15" if they're maincrop. (approx. 20 weeks before harvest) Add a touch of lime to deter slugs, backfill trench and earth up (hilling) by 6 " and another 6" when they're through.
Fertilise every six weeks with general purpose fertiliser, last 4 weeks, feed weekly with tomato feed.
Water if very dry.
There are tweaks and tricks to further maximise yields, but for a first time, that should give some success.
Durgan lives farther north than you and is a great source of advice on cultivars etc.
 
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