Anybody can grow potatoes. But to grow a good crop of clean potatoes your land must be in very good heart. You can put up to twenty tons of muck (farmyard manure) on an acre and plant the tubers straight into the muck in the furrows, and you must cultivate them properly and keep the weeds down. If you have a ridging plough, either a horse-drawn single-furrow one or a tractor-drawn three-furrow one, draw out your furrows, chuck as much muck as you can get hold of in the bottom of the furrows, then sow your seed potatoes (really tubers—you sow the actual potato itself of course) on top of the muck, then split the ridges into the furrows with your ridging plough again. As weeds grow run your ridging plough through again sometimes. At least once, before the potatoes get too big, hand-hoe by pulling the ridges in which the potatoes are down into the furrows (without actually disturbing the growing potato plants). Then, a few days after, ridge them up again with the plough. When the potato plants get really big and meet each other then they will suppress the weeds to some extent themselves. Weed grows like crazy in the well-manured potato field, and if you don't look out you'll have a huge crop of weeds, a miserable one of potatoes, and a legacy of foul land for the next year.
You should plant the main crop of potatoes in rows about 26 inches apart and about 20 inches in the rows. As for your seed, you can use your own seed once at least (that is use your own small potatoes-'chats'—for—seed next year), and twice perhaps. After that, if you go on using your own seed, your yields will fall off. So you will have to buy seed at least every three years. Potatoes are a potash-hungry crop. Seaweed is the best manure for them—better than muck.
Some farmers are inclined to leave their potatoes in the ground until they want them, digging them as they need them, until at least after Christmas.
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