Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Fall potatoes, eyes in my window, plus incredible mechanization

Apparently, in long-summer climates, you can grow potatoes twice in one year if you're clever. I heard that somewhere, but I can't remember where.

All the data I've read on Florida says "NO! YOU CAN ONLY GROW POTATOES ONCE! IN SPRING, WITH A SWING! ON A TRAIN, IN THE RAIN!"

But hey... I've got some potatoes with eyes... I've got some dirt... and the summer is creeping towards fall. I'm going to plant potatoes in a few weeks and see what happens.



A few weeks ago, somebody gave us piles and piles of "expired" produce from a local grocery store. Some of the food was good - some wasn't. The bad stuff went to the chickens and the compost... the good stuff we ate... and out of the potatoes, I picked the ones with the most eyes and put them on my windowsill. See those poor things? They want to grow! Who am I to deny them?

In other news, have you ever seen an industrial potato growing operation?

This is the furthest thing from my own homestead, but I'm still impressed as heck:

Wild, eh? Wonder if they keep cropping on that same ground year after year...

Giant machines aside, has anyone ever tried getting a second crop of taters here in Florida?

I'll let you know how my experiment goes.

4 Comments:

At August 7, 2013 at 2:26 PM , Blogger stevo_61 said...

I planted red potatoes last fall and harvested them at the first frost. My wife likes to use the small ones and these fit the bill. I looked over my notes and didn't record the planting date. I had such a good spring potato harvest I'm going to give the fall a shot. (Central Florida)

 
At August 7, 2013 at 3:09 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

That's great, Stevo_61. Glad to know you had some success... it's encouraging. Hope we do okay as well.

BTW, that sounds like my kind of planning... I'm always wondering "when the heck did I plant that?" I think I need to start a better garden journal... all I ever record is harvest weights and numbers.

 
At August 8, 2013 at 8:55 AM , Blogger Gardens-In-The-Sand said...

Autumn taters are no prob here in Georgia... The problem is the voles... But... the missed Spring taters always come up with the cooler temps, and feed the d*$#3d rodents... what they miss... I get to dig.

Also...I was planting the tater eyes & peelings, left-overs from breakfast...(last winter) as early as January... They would come up, get frosted... come up again... repeat... and I got a few taters...

 
At August 8, 2013 at 9:46 AM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

I haven't had many problems with rodents stealing mine, but that may just be luck.

Interesting that you planted as you went along... sounds like a good plan to me.

 

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