The potatoes in our garden have really taken off. Now if you'll recall we planted these prior to good Friday, and they are flowering right now. Ott, E tells me that the flowering means the potato plant is going through tuber initiation. This means that the little potatoes are forming underneath the soil.
It also means it's time to hill the potatoes. Hill the potatoes????? Yes, Hill the potatoes. This means you bring dirt up around the base of the plant and make a little mound around the plant. (I took a picture after Ott, E. did this so you could see what it looks like. See below.) This prevents late blight from occurring. Late blight is a disease that effects the tuber of the potato and causes it to rot. Two more reasons to hill your potato plants is that it also helps with weed control and makes it easier to harvest the potatoes later in the season.