Thursday, August 29, 2013

Planting fall potatoes

Well, I told you I was gonna do it. Gardens-In-The-Sand and stevo_61 encouraged me to do it. So I did it. Because peer pressure and such.

I bribed one of my kids into weeding a few of the spring garden beds for me, then suckered Rachel into hoeing and raking out what he missed.

Seed potatoes in a spudly rainbow.
(That's a small patch of sorghum in the picture there, not giant corn. I'll post on that experiment soon.)

Anyhow, I can't find anything on planting fall potatoes in Florida, so I'm trying it myself and I'll report on whether or not it works. This is how science happens. Science!

If it doesn't work out, oh well. I got my seed potatoes for free. We're lucky enough to have a friend that gets all the expired and culled produce from her neighborhood grocery store and she shares the bounty with my family. I place all the green potatoes on windowsills throughout the house. If they form good eyes, I plant them. If not, it's off to the compost heap. This has worked quite well for me thus far.

I really hope this works... the spring potatoes ran out already and  really want some hash browns. We're about three months out from the first average frost date... that should be enough time for spuds.


At August 29, 2013 at 10:57 PM , Blogger stevo_61 said...

Oh boy! I put some red potatoes in last week. We're dry as a bone and probably too hot for potatoes but I felt like starting the fall garden. I put in some red leaf lettuce probably too early also. Looking for red cabbage seed.

At April 21, 2014 at 9:13 PM , Blogger Gardens-In-The-Sand said...

How did these do?
I've been using the search form to try n find the harvest, but I must be doing it wrong...

Here's a thread about growing them under the sod in iceland...

Seems like a bit of work...

At April 22, 2014 at 3:58 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

I got a minimal harvest. My potatoes this spring are also doing terribly.

I think sweet potatoes are the way to go from now on.

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