Potato Prep

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We’re getting ready to plant our bed of potatoes for the year, aside from the few plants we have remaining in the greenhouse.  We ordered Yellow Finn seedling potatoes.  They come with small eyes already growing on them.  We cut them into chunks that have around 3 eyes on them then let them sit overnight.  We saved some starter potatoes from our batch of red, blue, and white fingerling potatoes from last year.  They’ve been sitting in a vegetable drawer in one of our refrigerators since last summer.  Those have quite large eyes growing on them!   Here’s hoping for a banner crop.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennifer
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 08:55:35

    Well that’s pretty cool. Here’s a question for you – about how many potatoes can you expect from one plant?


    • Connie
      Apr 11, 2012 @ 14:13:07

      As with all gardening… it depends. The general rule of thumb is to expect 10 lbs. of potatoes for every pound you plant. We’re going to try to increase our yields this year by mounding soil around the plants’ base as they grow. The tubers grow from shoots on the stem so burying more of the stem is supposed to increase yield. Why not try some this year? Your local Southern States should have seed potatoes and now’s the time to plant them.


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