Today we finally got to plant our first potato bed. By "we" I mean me and my faithful potato planting pal. Q. James.
Next we went to our winter storehouse. No sorry it's not a root cellar or a cool blockhouse with a sod roof. It's a silly hole. It's about 4 feet deep, 4 feet long and 2 feet wide.
|A large glass shower door covers the hole.|
|Gunny sacks are layered over the lid for insulation.|
|The last of our winter stores -a box of rooting potatoes and the last bag of garlic.|
We cut each potato separating the healthiest eyes while leaving enough potato flesh with each eye to nourish the young roots for growth in the dirt.
|This came from winter storage. It's teaming with roots! We have German Butterball, Desiree and a purple flesh no name variety.|
|Five pounds cut to make almost 30 plants.|
We planted 28 Purple Viking (Fedco), 5 purple flesh (winter stored), 21 Desiree (winter stored). We still have to plant about 50 German Butterballs (winter stored), 30 Yukon Golds (Fedco) and 30 Keuka Gold (Fedco).