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  • Answered by
    Heather on
    January 2, 2011
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    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.

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    Heather on
    February 20, 2011
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    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.

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    Heather on
    March 1, 2011
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    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:
    http://extension.wsu.edu/clark/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2014/02/SlopeGardening.pdf

    And here are some pictures of how others garden on a hill:
    http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&rlz=1T4GGLL_enUS404US404&biw=1276&bih=549&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=gardening+on+a+slope&aq=f&aqi=g2g-m1&aql=&oq=

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    Nikki on
    March 7, 2011
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    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.

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    Nikki on
    March 11, 2011
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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    March 25, 2011
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    Yes, leaf mulch can be used instead of straw.

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    Nikki on
    March 28, 2011
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    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

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