Step 1: Dig and turn the soil over
Dig and turn the soil over to loosen it. A compost supply will have been made beforehand, in the fall or early spring.
Step 2: Prepare your groove
Dig the furrow in which the plants will be placed. Previously, materialize it with a cord that will allow you to draw a straight groove.
Step 3: Dig your groove
Following the line of the line, dig the furrow with a hoe about ten centimeters deep.
Step 4: Plan the spacing between plants
In the furrow, the plants should be spaced about 35 cm apart. To make sure you have the correct spacing without having to measure each time, make a template (a rod) of the desired length using a piece of wood.
Step 5: Select your plants
Control the plants so as to keep only those of quality, that is to say, not wrinkled and whose germs are small and firm.
Step 6: Place your plants
Place the plants gently, respecting the spacing. The germs should be facing up.
Continue on the whole line then create new grooves if necessary. The rows should be spaced about fifty centimeters apart. More precisely, the spacing depends on the earliness of the varieties: the earlier they are, the more the rows can be brought together, the later they are, the more they must be spaced.
Step 7: Cover your plants
Using a rake, cover the plants very gently, so as not to break the germs.
Step 8: Don't forget the hilling
The last step consists in buttering the potatoes, that is to say making a first fairly large mound above the furrow previously dug. This mound will be accentuated during the development of the plant so as to prevent the tubers which have developed from coming into contact with light. When this happens, they turn green and then become toxic and unfit for consumption. When is it necessary to reassemble the hill? Generally when the leaves protrude fifteen centimeters from the ground. We then go up the earth along the stems making a large mound so that the potatoes can develop well.
About ten days later, when conditions are favorable, the first leaves appear.
As the plants grow, you butter them up again, going up the soil to the underside of the leaves. The harvest date depends on the variety grown. New potatoes can be picked as soon as the plants bloom. For the other varieties, the harvest is possible after the death of the foliage (it turns yellow and sets). Note that the potatoes can stay in place for a very long time and thus keep optimally. You just have to be careful not to forget them! Our practical gardening videos