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Lawn & Garden Potatoes

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Jan 21st – Potatoes

 Gary:  On this lawn and garden we're talking about the winter garden. How's it looking, especially after a couple of frosts, John? Are we still producing or what?

John:  Oh, yeah it's still going ahead but it wasn't just a frost but a freeze!  It hit it pretty hard, the cabbage broccoli and everything, but it's gonna make it. Some of the leaves are burnt but keep taking care of it and they'll make it.

GARY: Can we plant something now?

JOHN: Right now, mid-January, we can start with the potatoes.  We have the white or the red, I have these cut.  What you want to do is cut a regular potato into four nice size pieces.  You want to make sure they have some eyes on them, like this see how they're coming out? You want to plant one of these about every foot in the garden.  It takes about four months to be complete, but they really produce so much it is amazing.  Everybody is amazed.  On ten pounds of potatoes you can grow a hundred pounds.

What I have here is some lime.  Some people just cut the potatoes and let them heal for a couple of days, letting them get a tougher skin here where it is cut.  Or you can make it a little faster by dipping them in lime.  You just dip the cut end in the lime, wait a couple of days, and throw'em in.  Make sure to plant them three to four inches deep, no deeper than that.  You want to plan them on a flat surface because as the plant grows you want to continuously throw dirt next to it.  The more dirt you put on there the more roots it makes, the more potatoes!

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