What is the best depth for planting potato's. Do they need to be "hilled" or is that just a myth. If they need to be planted in hills, what would the planting depth be and how high should the hill be?
Hilling is normally done as the potato plants grow. You will plant the seed potatoes about 3 times deeper in the ground than the size of the seed potato. As the potato plant grows, mound up the soil around the plant, leaving about 6 inches above the soil. This encourages the plant to produce potatoes all the way up the stem.
You can start with a hill too, which is helpful to keep the seed potatoes out of water logged soil, if that is a problem where you grow, as well as providing a little more warmth earlier in the season.
When should I plant potatoes in West Virginia?
You want to plant them about 2 weeks before your last frost date, which depending on where you live in WV, would be somewhere between the beginning of May to the end of May.
I recently planted potatoes on the side of a slopped hill, recently we got a hard and steady rain and it eroded some of our potatoes out and eroded our garden. We have tiered our hills that we planted. what do you suggest or is there a site we can get more info and pics of how we should approach this Thank-you tractorman in Dalton Ga.
Making tiers is advisable with hillside gardens. Make them so that they follow the contour of the hillside. You may also want to plant the rows pointing up and down the hill, rather than across the hill.
This article will also help you:
And here are some pictures of how others garden on a hill:
I forgot about a potato on a shelf in my home and when I went to grab something, I noticed it was growing wild! I put it outside in some regular old dirt, as a joke - saying that it was going to grow, and it did. Now it is about 6 inches tall! What do I do now? How can I get the most out of this?
If you would like it to produce more potatoes, it will need plenty of space to grow in, so either plant it in a large container or into the ground. Let it grow until all of the foilage has died back and then you can dig where you planted it and harvest more potatoes.
I have read that I should dip my seed potato 'pieces' into fungicide to prevent rotting. What would be the best fungicide to use, and what would the 'recipe' be for the fungicide?
This article should help you with that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/potato/potato-fungicide.htm
Can tree leaf compost be used instead of straw to cover potatoes during the growth period?
Yes, leaf mulch can be used instead of straw.
After the potatoes come up and are about an inch high, do you completely cover the whole plant, or do you leave the leaves showing?
You only cover around the foliage, building (or hilling) up as it grows. This article should help as well: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/potato/how-to-grow-potatoes-when-to-plant-potatoes.htm