Early potatoes in June
I want to tell you how I grow early potatoes. The potato lies in the basement of the house, where small sheds are set up, and it is relatively warm there. Early potatoes begin to germinate in February, and later in March. Therefore, we only eat our crops until April, and then the potatoes are tasteless. I had to look for some way out to get fresh potatoes early. We decided to try to grow through seedlings, and everything turned out well. Again, in order not to bother ourselves too much (we live in the city in winter), we plant a little seedlings: only 30 bushes. I’ll tell you more.
At the end of March, I take 30-35 early-grade potatoes (adretta, Zhukovsky, sorcerer, or whatever) and put it on a spring vernalization. By this time, the early one had already given small sprouts. I moisten it well with a solution of weak potassium permanganate. If possible, then from the spray gun I irrigate a couple more times in two weeks. After two weeks, the potato becomes shaggy and darkened. Sprouts are covered with small fluffy roots, and I plant them.
I take liter milk tetra packets, cut off a little from above, about one third and pour 2-3 cm of soil in them. I put potatoes on the ground and fall asleep well with the ground, watering. That's all, practically. I put the packages on the floor by the battery and wait for the potato, that is, its sprouts, to peep out of the ground. When this happens, I again water well and put out packages of potato seedlings, not a cool, light window. By the beginning of May, pretty little bushes were already peeking out of the bags. In the early days of May, I plant these bushes in a bed that has already been prepared at an average height. And here the main thing is not to freeze potatoes, since in our Vologda Oblast the beginning of May is usually warm, and then it can snow (this is a usual cold snap after May 9). I plant it so that the bushes are barely visible from the ground and cover them with covering material. On top of the husband puts the arc and on them we throw a film. That's how potatoes stand until the end of May, and there they grow slowly. The covering material allows it to grow and does not interfere. On warm days, remove the film, but always close it at night. In late May, early June, potatoes bloom. Be sure to cut off all the flowers and even buds. This speeds up ripening. On warm days, all shelters must be removed. In May, we almost always live in the village and we have the opportunity to control the weather. And then one day, when I really want fresh potatoes, it happens June 15-20, I go to the garden and dig up the first bush, and there are 10 beautiful light potatoes on it, and not small, but rather large, no less than a chicken egg. There are bigger ones, and there are a bit smaller ones, but everything will go away: there are many ways to cook early potatoes. We have enough of this potato until August, and the rest of the potato planted in the traditional way grows there too.