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On-Going Research Projects July 2008: Potato Planting the Old Way
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2008, 09:36:41 AM »
Today, July 12th, we mowed and tilled our section of Crimson Clover that we planted last fall and allowed to go to seed this spring.  It was obvious that it had re-seeded itself to add even more nitrogen to our soil.
We then tilled a strip through the clover and some grass sod and then used our 1923 model horse drawn potato planter to put out about 300' of Yukon Gold, Red Pontiac and Cobbler potatoes for our cache pit winter supply.  They will store real well.  What we want to see is the difference in growth rate between the two sections.
The potato planter is perfect for our needs. We have used it for over 13 years.  It opens the soil, drops in a potato piece and hills to what ever depth we set.  We did the whole 300' in less than 10 minutes!  We have adapted it to our Massey 175 diesel but hope to use it again with horses in the future.  The bottom photo shows cutting shade sprouted seed potatoes to planter size. 


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