Video: Potatoes. Early. In June. Care, Cultivation. Landing Method. Tips. A Photo
I want to tell you how I grow early potatoes. We have no conditions to store potatoes (some have cold cellars). The potatoes are in the basement of the house, where there are small sheds, and it is relatively warm there. Early potatoes begin to sprout in February, and later ones in March. Therefore, we eat our harvest only until April, and then the potatoes are not tasty. I had to look for some way out to get fresh potatoes early. We decided to try to grow through seedlings, and everything worked out well. Again, in order not to bother ourselves too much (we live in the city for the winter), we plant a little on seedlings: only 30 bushes. I'll tell you more.
At the end of March, I take 30-35 early potatoes (adretta, Zhukovsky, sorcerer, or whatever) and put them on vernalization. By this time, the early one had already given small sprouts. I wet it well with a solution of weak potassium permanganate. If possible, I irrigate from the spray bottle a couple more times in two weeks. After two weeks, the potatoes become shaggy and darkened. The sprouts are covered with small fluffy roots, and I plant them.
I take 1 liter milk tetra packets, cut off a little from above, about one third, and pour 2-3 centimeters of earth into them. I put potatoes on the ground and cover them well with earth, water them. That's all, practically. I put the bags on the floor by the battery and wait for the potatoes, that is, their sprouts, to look out of the ground. When this happens, I water well again and expose the bags of potato seedlings to a cool light window. By the beginning of May, pretty little bushes are already peeking out of the bags. In early May, I plant these bushes in an already prepared medium-height garden bed. And here the main thing is not to freeze the potatoes, since in our Vologda region the beginning of May is usually warm, and then it may snow (this is a usual cold snap after May 9). I plant so that the bushes are barely visible from the ground and cover them with covering material.From above, the husband puts arcs and we throw a film on them. This is how the potatoes stand until the end of May, and they grow slowly there. The covering material allows it to grow and does not interfere. On warm days we remove the film, but always close it at night. Potatoes bloom in late May and early June. Be sure to cut off all flowers and even buds. This speeds up maturation. On warm days, we must remove all shelters. In May, we almost constantly live in the village and we have the opportunity to control the weather. And then one day, when I really want fresh potatoes, it happens on June 15-20, I go to the garden and dig out the first bush, and on it there are 10 beautiful light-colored potatoes, and not small ones, but rather large ones, no less than a chicken egg. There are larger ones, and there are a little smaller ones, but everything will go away: there are many ways to cook early potatoes.These potatoes are enough for us until August, and then the rest of the potatoes planted in the traditional way grow up.