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Planting Potatoes


Did you ever wonder where those potato head puzzles came from? Well it's very simple. You take the eye of the Mr. Potato head and you cut those big ol' pieces of potato that are the size of a softball or something like that, or you might just leave them whole. Make sure they have an eye on them and you plant them with the eye pointing up so they can see their way out of the ground. You plant them in a little trench such as we have here and cover them with about two inches of soil. Then you let them grow up and after that you fill in around them so that the potato has dirt around the stem and it can produce potatoes around the stem.

One thing about planting these potatoes is be sure you don't plant them close to the onions because if you do it will make you eyes water a little bit. You might want to put some drip irrigation just in case you need some water during this dry weather. So you make sure to grow plenty of potato heads. It's time to plant potatoes and onions.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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