Killing Weeds to Grow Potatoes?

If I use boiling water to kill weed roots, how long before I can plant potatoes?

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March 11, 20120 found this helpful

I am about to give you an alternative you all might want to try.

During the 70's, Mother Earth News came out with an issue that included growing spuds. If you have clean sawdust, that is boiled and then allowed to dry, you can grow spuds in it. Honest.

I will provide you with a link to prove I am not crazy.

In a 55 gallon tub, you can line the bottom with about 4" of clean sawdust. It has to be weevil free. Put some cuttings that have at least 2 eyes and have sat till they are almost black down in the dust until they are barely covered.


Moisten but don't soak. Leave for a few days till more sprouts come up and cover with more dust. Keep doing this till the leaves turn from green to yellow in the late summer or early fall.

Tip the tub and you should have a "ton of tubers"!! Hope that helps. Sandi/PBP

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