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When and how to dig potatoes


To get a rich harvest, you need to properly cultivate the land. Potatoes are a capricious crop and require deep plowing of the soil before planting. On the methods and techniques of plowing, as well as the timing of digging potatoes learn in the article.

When to dig potatoes

From the time of planting to the time of harvest, a certain amount of time must pass. And this time depends on several factors: the selected variety, planting time of the crop, weather conditions. It is difficult to say for sure the exact time.

There is some dependence of the harvest: if the potato was planted in the end of April, then you need to dig it until the beginning of August. However, according to statistics, a favorable time for planting is the month of May and you need to dig up potatoes in early September. Although on average, the harvest begins in mid-August.

The term of digging out a vegetable directly depends on the variety. Early varieties are dug 4-6 weeks earlier than late ones.

So when digging potatoes one should know for what purposes the vegetable will be used. If you need young potatoes immediately for cooking, then you need to dig it already at the end of July.

If you need fresh potatoes for cooking, then you need to dig it in late July.

If the root must be kept all winter, early collection is not recommended. The rind should become more coarse, otherwise the potato will quickly deteriorate and rot.

External signs of potato ripening

Potatoes are plants that are grown in large quantities relative to other crops. It is important not to miss the harvest time and time to dig a root vegetable. It is important to be able by external signs to understand that the vegetable is ripe.

The main signs of potato ripening include:

  • shrubs wither, wither and turn yellow;
  • the skin of a dug potato grows coarse, becomes thicker and badly stripped (unlike new potatoes);
  • tubers have accumulated enough starch to persist for a long time and survive the winter period. This is easy to learn, you need to drop iodine on the pulp. If the flesh is lilac, the potatoes are ready for storage;
  • tubers at harvest easily detached from the stalk and root.
Dry and yellowed tops - a sign of ripe potato tubers

Why harvest on time

If you start digging up the plant ahead of time, then the skin of the tubers is too tight and can be stored for only a few months.

To keep the tubers for a long time, the peel should coarsen. Perederzhivat vegetable in the ground as it is impossible for the following reasons:

  • harmful insects or diseases damage potatoes;
  • tubers dry and lose weight;
  • fruits rot from moist soil;
  • the vegetable is frozen from a sudden cold snap.

How to dig potatoes

There are several ways to dig potatoes. To do this, often use either ordinary gardening equipment - a shovel or pitchfork, or a special agricultural techniques.

At the same time, digging by hand is quite a laborious process, especially for those who have health problems. For the treatment of large areas is better to use the motoblock.

Digging by hand is a very laborious process.


Cleaning with agricultural equipment can be carried out after all tops on the plot will be cut off. After 2-3 days, you can begin to dig up the root.

Equipment is prepared in advance. To do this, it is recommended to pay attention to the elements of rotation. They should be carefully lubricated with special oil, and the parts of the motoblock that will loosen the soil should be cleaned of earth, clay, and stones.

If the blades are blunt, they need to be sharpened.

Using a tiller or digging with a motor cultivator means following the instructions:

  • shrubs should be planted in advance in one straight row, so as not to have to maneuver equipment throughout the site;
  • the distance between the rows should be 70-80 cm, so that the walker does not damage the adjacent ridge with wheels;
  • when harvesting it is better to use additional nozzles to regulate the depth;
  • you need to adjust the technique beforehand so that it digs up easily;
  • in order for the wheels of the motoblock to move evenly, it is recommended to dig up potatoes through the ridge.


You can dig a potato by hand with a shovel or a jigger. However, such work is suitable no more than 5 acres of land. If the garden is larger, it is better to use the equipment - it is faster and more practical. Manual digging of potatoes is done as follows:

  • one person digs under the tuber. To do this, drive a shovel near the tuber and raise it to the surface;
  • the second person picks the potatoes by going behind.

With manual labor, you can do two things at once - to collect potatoes and sort them. You can leave the tubers to dry on the surface of the rows.

Before harvesting, it is recommended to prepare a place where potatoes will be harvested. When picking a vegetable, it is recommended not to drop it to avoid damage.

Soil preparation for plowing

To prepare the land for planting the crop, you need to process it well, saturate it with oxygen. For this you need deep tillageso that the roots and tubers develop well.

There are several methods of land preparation and cultivation:

  • deep with the help of cultivators and planers;
  • plowing with a plow;
  • with the deepening of the arable horizon.

How to prepare the soil in spring

First of all, you should understand what kind of soil is best for potatoes. It is not suitable clay wet. You can not plant potatoes in the lowlands, where there is a possibility of water accumulation.

The most suitable land is light, sandy, loose. Ideal if chernozem, peat ground. If the soil is oxidized, it is necessary to treat it with a wood hall, sand with manure or compost before planting.

If the soil is oxidized, it must be treated with wood ash.

Plowing depth

The choice of processing method depends on the land and geographic location. In almost all regions, autumn plowing for depth is suitable. 30 cm.

You can not plow deeper, as this can lead to a strong oxidation of the soil.

How to cultivate the land before planting

The first step for a rich harvest is enrich the soil with oxygen. Therefore, it is necessary to loosen it. Loosening is carried out in dry weather. To do this, dig the soil to a depth 15 cm.

Before you plant potatoes, you need to carry out a number of procedures:

  • dig the soil in advance 15-20 cmto destroy pests;
  • process the soil with special solutions for the prevention of late blight;
  • enrich the soil with minerals and organic matter;
  • a year before the planned planting of potatoes to land on the site sideraty.
To enrich the soil with oxygen is loosening

How and what to farm in the spring and autumn

In the spring you need to wait for the snow to melt completely, and the soil warms to a depth of 10cm. The processing of land is made depending on its composition:

Sandy soils need to be loosened, and wet clay to loosen immediately after the soil dries, and then again the day before planting potatoes.

When planting potatoes need clear the ground of weeds, insects, diseases. Fertilize and level the soil with a rake.

To enrich the soil with minerals and organic matter, you can use one of the following mixtures:

  • on 1 sq.m. 5 kg of humus, 100 grams of ash and 50 grams of nitrophoska mix and add to the ground before planting;
  • 5 kg of compost, 30g of nitrophoska, and between rows to feed 20g of ammonium nitrate and potassium sulfate.

If the soil is heavily contaminated, then better. do without organics. When using siderates, the earth is saturated with nutrients and is a preventive method against pests.

Planting siderats to potatoes helps enrich the land with useful elements.

For autumn processing, you can use the method autumn plowing. It improves the arable layer of the soil, increases its ability to maintain useful properties.

To increase the fertility of the land immediately after harvest, manure can be scattered around the garden. Also, together with manure, you can feed the soil with superphosphate 30g and potassium sulfate 15g per 1 sq.m. After harvesting, the tops are recommended to be harvested and burned behind the garden plots.

To harvest a rich harvest of potatoes, you should follow all the above recommendations. Have a good harvest!