Report of the Iowa State Horticultural Society, for the Year Volume 26
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ... Western Iowa Horticultural Society: It is not an easy way to say anything new or interesting on a subject as old as potato growing. I might as well try to tell the members of this society which variety taste as good with the price at fifteen cents as when a dollar per bushel. In potato growing the most essential are good seed and good, clean, mellow soil. The seed should be selected in harvesting the crop and stored not in a cellar under a dwelling house, but in a cave such as is used in wintering nursery stock, or else select a high well drained piece of ground, dig a trench about four feet wide, four feet deep and the required length, according to the quantity of seed wanted, fill to the depth of three feet with potatoes, lay old fence post or anything handy crosswise of trench and old lumber or poles lengthwise, cover with enough straw or slough hay and earth to keep out frost, ventilate every fifteen feet with wooden pump stock or spouts made oi four inch fencing and on the approach of severe weather mulch the top with coarse fresh stable manure. In this way seed can be keptfroin sprouting as long as required. Next comes the ground and its preparation. Almost any soil found in Western lowa, except slough and bottom land subject to overflow in summer time; let it be our black prairie soil, clay loams, timber soil, or in fact anything that may be considered good corn ground is suitable for potatoes; stilll have a preference for cornstalk ground where the crop followed clover sod. In preparing the ground should be plowed much deeper than potatoes are planted so as to give a mellow seed bed. I have myself found the best success with fall plowing and then plow again at planting time, but where potatoes are to follow corn you cannot do...
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