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Welcome to Homegrown/Homemade, a video series from FineGardening.com and our sister site FineCooking.com. We’ll be following a gardener (Danielle Sherry) and a cook (Sarah Breckenridge) as they plant, maintain, harvest, store, and prepare garden vegetables. Watch them plant potatoes.
Episode 2: How to Hill Potatoes
The main reason to hill potatoes is to increase yield. Potatoes form along the underground stem of the plant, and when you hill them, effectively lengthen the underground portion of the stem. You can either add additional soil to the bed and then mold it around the plants, or you can scoop up soil from the rows and press it against the stems. Later in the season, it’s easy to reach in and check the potatoes for size before you harvest them.
From a cook’s point of view, potatoes are not all the same. There are…
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