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Old May 26, 2020   #1
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Yesterday was potato digging day. Some of the potato plants had continued that wilting problem although the soap water treatment seemed to reduce the ant problem. The potatoes probably could have used the extra two weeks to the 100 day mark, but we dug them in case the potatoes themselves had a problem. Other than being a bit smaller than usual, they're fine. In this pic the tops have been cut off so that we could see any ant hills that might be about before digging. It's an 18'x4' bed.



The Yukon Golds are in the front and the Kennebec in the back. They've been drying off in the shed overnight so they haven't been weighed yet. There's definitely not as many as last year's haul, but it's enough for just the two of us since there's no cellar here. This was the first time growing them in a raised bed and it was hard to hoe up enough soil to do two decent hillings. No more raised bed for potatoes.

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Looks good. Mine suffered from flea beetles and a few of them have some sort of brown spots inside ,wire worms?
The reds seemed to fare better than the Yukon golds. I may try planting some in the fall and if that works better, give them some row cover for protection from bugs and light frost.
I Hav a small bat he of purple sweet potato slips that I started from store bought since I couldn’t find any, will probably plant them this week since it will be overcast and rainy,they are small but would do well.
Is it too late to plant some peanuts? That’s something I’ve never tried.
I planted soy beans for edamame this week which is also new to me. I put them in the onion patch when I pulled them up.
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Is it too late to plant some peanuts? That’s something I’ve never tried.
Peanuts take anywhere from 100-120 days depending on variety. I've tried peanuts twice and never had any luck with them. To keep them hydrated during our hot summers I've had to mulch them. But then when the plant stems start pegging down into the ground to form peanuts, the mulch kinda messes with that. I decided it was easier to just buy peanuts.

If anyone has tips on successfully growing peanuts, I'd love to hear them.
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