Potatoes are the most popular and demanded crop in our country, it is not for nothing that they call it "the second bread". But in order to harvest a decent potato crop, you need to adhere to a few simple rules for growing a crop.
The first is to choose the right time for planting potatoes. The indicator for the start of work is the soil temperature. Potatoes can be planted when the ground warms up to at least 6-8 degrees at a depth of 12 cm. Depending on the climatic conditions of the region, potatoes are planted at the end of March until mid-May. Earlier potato varieties are usually frost-resistant and can be planted. earlier.
The depth of planting of potatoes depends on the type of soil. On light soils, it is recommended to plant a vegetable 10 - 12 cm; on heavy - up to 10 cm; for peat bogs - it will be enough to plant 6 -7 cm into the ground.
For the correct formation and development of the bush and root crops, the placement of the culture on the site is of great importance. For potatoes, you need enough space, so the distance between the rows should be at least 50 cm, and between the bushes of the same row 30 - 35 cm.
Gardeners practice 2 main methods of planting potatoes: even "smooth" and comby. The choice of method depends on the weather conditions of the region and the type of soil. Where summers are generally hot and dry and the soil is light, a smooth planting is more suitable. Conversely, for heavy wet soils in the western or northern regions, it is better to give preference to a ridged planting.