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Although we've had a garden for years, my late husband grew up on a farm and did all the 'hard' work. I just did the 'fun' stuf...yes, gardening IS fun!
I want it to be a success and I've no one to ask now. Advice is welcome!!!
1. Seed potatoes: eyes up or down? Do I quarter them, or cut up each piece with an eye? How deep are they planted?
2. How close do I plant the green bean and corn seeds? I'm using Slenderette and Ambrosia.
3. Do I have to mound the dirt for anything? What? When?
I live in the Midwest, so I'd appreciate some friendly tips from my fellow gardeners in this climate.
Potatoes- I like to have a few eyes on them and try to keep them eyes up. As for how deep, I'm not sure. I think I planted mine too deep because they took FOREVER to come up! I planted them twice as deep as they were big.
Are you sending the beans up the corn? I would think about 3 inches away. Corn plant roots don't go too far from the stalk.
Mounding- I have no mounds. I have my veggies mixed into my flowerbeds. So far so good except for those darn tatoers. They haven't bloomed yet and I think it's getting too hot for them now.
The only seeds I buy loose are beets, and I like to plant those randomly because I usually forget what the recommended spacing is supposed to be.
Potatoes - cut enough for one per eye. Set the piece aside for a few hours or a day so that the cut side dries out to create a "seal" over the cut side(s). Plant eye up 18" apart if you have the space to do it (I plant mine about 10-12" apart). Plant 4-6" deep. As they grow, you will want more soil on hand to keep building up a small hill around the plant (called "hilling"). You also may use straw in place of soil and straw up to 10" to 1' deep. You want to trap the moisture for the potato. After the vine dies, the potatoes are ready for harvest.
Green bean and corn seeds: green bush (not vine) beans at 9 per square foot and corn at 1 per square foot. Corn is deep root and beans are shallow root, so no harm there.
Mounds for squash assist in growing the seeds into seedlings. They help trap the moisture which squash, as a high moisture-liking plant, prefers. I used to mound for tomato plants but think it was a habit passed down over the years.
Now, how about Canada Red rhubarb? I have the last three beautiful plants I saved from my Garden Center (interad of selling them!) and want them to be successful. I know I can't harvest the stems the first year. Any other tips?
I LOVE rhubarb!