I’m getting ready to plant potatoes aand this is a fantastic post. I planted potatoes for the first time last year, and they were delicious. I found this post while trying to refresh my mind on the procedure.
This weekend I’ll seed 3# of red fingerlings and 3# of blue potatoes. Tonight I will go through them and cut them, then put them in the greenhouse in the morning. I also have 25# of early red potatoes coming in from Johnny’s Seeds soon. I am splitting this with two other gardeners, so I will have 15#. I think I may have made a mistake in not ordering a late potato like a Yukon Gold. I grew these last year and the were both yummy and kept well. Jeez, what was I thinking!? Well, it is not too late!
When it comes to potatoes, aren’t we all a bit Irish? I adore the earthy orbs, baked, boiled, steamed, or fried; and I’d be quite content to eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When I ate my first homegrown ones though — little baby spring taters robbed from the plants that morning and then steamed tender and drenched in butter — I knew not only was I Irish, I’d be a Potato Farmer for life.
What follows is our family’s guide to growing Irish potatoes, Solanum tuberosum, in the Piedmont of North Carolina. If the geographic emphasis in the title doesn’t give the clue: planting Irish potatoes is heavily location specific. These ideas work for us, here in Durham, N.C. For planting in your neck of the woods, take care to research tips specific to your region.
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