Planting Potatoes

Growing potatoes has been a wonderfully enlightening experience. Mr. Tauro, who is the farm manager, recommended planting root and tuber crops. Since he has successfully managed the planting and harvest of four seasons of crops for the project, this seemed like an worthwhile investment. Unlike previous years, rains have been plentiful this season, and since potatoes require consistent moisture, this was immensely helpful. Recently, an ox plough was hired to do ‘ridging,’ also known as ‘hilling’ of the fields. This is typically done every few weeks to make sure that dirt covers the roots of the plants, and that the green potatoes are not exposed to sunlight which will cause them to be bitter. Our plants have begun to flower which is a signal that the potatoes are nearing maturity.