Planting Potatoes

Yesterday turned out to be a gorgeous day, well-suited for getting the potatoes planted.

First step is to till and prep the soil

First step is to till and prep the soil

All done.

All done.

Next step is to spread compost.  This years batch is not my best, but it's still black gold.

Next step is to spread compost. This years batch is not my best, but it’s still black gold.

After the compost is spread, I till it in.

After the compost is spread, I till it in.

Next I make the rows.

Next I make the rows.

Rows in, time to start planting.

Rows in, time to start planting.

I put in 4 varieties of fingerlings, using seed potatoes from last years crop.  I also planted a lot of Yukon Gold, using seed potatoes I bought.  We have plenty of our own, but over the years I’ve allowed the potatoes to get mixed up and I wanted to be sure that we only had one variety.  So to be certain I used purchased Yukon Gold seed potatoes.  Hopefully I’ll never again buy seed potatoes.

These Banana fingerlings are looking pretty gnarly.

These Banana fingerlings are looking pretty gnarly.

I use a potato plow to open the row, then drop in the seed potatoes about a foot apart.

I use a potato plow to open the row, then drop in the seed potatoes about a foot apart.

With a garden rake I pull the dirt from one side of the row over the potatoes.  Once they're about a foot tall I'll pull over the dirt from the other side of the row.

With a garden rake I pull the dirt from one side of the row over the potatoes. Once they’re about a foot tall I’ll pull over the dirt from the other side of the row.

A row of the Yukon Golds, ready to be covered.

A row of the Yukon Golds, ready to be covered.

I put in 14 rows in all.  It felt good to be able to get that garden planted.  With temps forecast to go into the 80s the next two days, I’m expecting to finish the other gardens too.

Happy Spring

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