Planting Potatoes in your Garden

We’re exciting to get planting, especially seed potatoes!  Here are the varieties we carry in the greenhouse along with a few tips on how to get your planting started.

Kennebec
Late mid-season maturity, good all-purpose potato, excellent for storage.

Yukon Gold
Mid-season maturity, yellow flesh – buttery flavor, stores well.

Norland
Early season, great for frying, potato salad and baby reds.

Red Pontiac
Mid-season maturity, good all-purpose potato, stores well.

When planting your potatoes, cut out an inch square chunk of the potato with at least one eye in it.  Plant the chunk 4 to6  inches deep, 12 to 16 inches apart with the eye facing up and cover.   

*Seed potatoes aren’t really seeds at all. They are full-size potatoes that are allowed to start producing shoots in the potato eyes. You’ve probably seen this happen when you’ve stored potatoes for too long.

Harvesting
Days to Harvest: 2 – 4 Months.

The entire crop is ready to harvest once the tops of the plants die off. You can leave the potatoes in the ground for a few weeks longer, as long as the ground is not wet.

Harvest carefully, by hand or with a shovel. Turn the soil over and search through for treasure. The tubers can branch out and digging in with a fork is a sure fire way of stabbing a potato or two.