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Planting potatoes

Is it potatos or potatoes?  I don't know but here in Oklahoma I think they're spelled with an "e".  Anyway, it was planting day in the veggie garden.  We planted Texas sweet onions and beet seeds last week and we finally got around to planting those potatoes today.


Starting with seed potatoes from the farm store - Yukon Gold & (don't remember the name) Reds.  We set them in the cellar because it's cool and dark. They sprouted "eyes" in the dark after a few weeks.


I then cut the potatoes in sections making sure there was at least one eye on each piece.


J2 rototilled a row in the garden.


and J3 helped me plant them with the eyes looking up


in a neat little row, of course.


I love it when my boys help in the garden.

Hopefully, lots of those eyes will grow into nice potato plants and we will dig up little spuds attached to the roots in no time.  My new gardening apron will help them to grow fast, I am sure.


Comments

  1. The apron will DEFINITELY help! :) All potato eyes were on you!

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  2. We haven't tried our hand at planting potatoes yet but they are on the list. You make it look so easy!! I hope they grow well. Oh, and love the apron.

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  3. I think I need a grow faster apron, or go faster in my case!! jennyx ps never thought of cutting them,!

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  4. Wow, I had no idea you could plant so early. We are still in the midst of cold and snow. It was in the single digits this week (at night) and we had 10 inches of snow less than a week ago! We can't plant until mid-May. I am so ready for spring! Dianntha

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  5. We LOVE potatoes! So do our customers. We plant 3 -4 types each year (about 100 pounds of starter potatoes for each type). We are starting to plant on Monday. I have to have my greenhouse producing in 4-6 weeks. This is really a crazy time of year around our farm.
    Have a great weekend! LOVE my dish cloths:)

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  6. Your area must be a little warmer than ours. You really have me itching to plant now. I will have to see what I can scratch out this weekend. Nice job!

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  7. So how much space do you have to allow for a potato plant to grow?? My space is limited and wondering where I could sneak a couple in just to try my hand at them.
    The apron is great, too! Is it full or only from the waist??

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  8. I love that someone can start planting! And that apron, yeah for aprons! If I started planting all I would have is mud pies. My soil is still soooooooo wet! But I will have my little potato box come a few months. Your pictures made me realize that Spring is really on the way!

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  9. Keep talking about planting and no snow and you'll soon have a new neighbor from Maine! We cannot safely plant until mid to late MAY!! SOOOOOOOOO ready for planting and trying not to envy the fact you are already. Enjoy!

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  10. Yes, according to the planting almanac for Oklahoma, our cold weather crops go in the ground now. It is still getting down in the 30s at night but the sun is shining enough to bud out the roses and green shoots of grass are popping up. If we waited until May everything would burn up by July.

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  11. I wonder about the potatoes/potatos question every time I write out my shopping list. It's a pretty weird word to begin with if you think about it. I am so very jealous about all your gardening talk (I love your gardening apron, by the way), but at least I can enjoy it on your blog. Today in Montana? Snowing and 20 degrees outside. Oh well.

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  12. Karen Sue,
    It takes about 2 feet square for a potato plant. I bet you can squeeze one in. And as for the apron, I made it to just tie at the waist. I thought that might be better for outside.

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  13. That is the cutest apron ever! I am sure it will not only make the potatoes grow but everything else with its cuteness. I have yet to grow potatoes, but want to. Thanks for the demo--now that I see how easy it is...I don't know why I have resisted it! xo, Caroline

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  14. What a fun and productive activity that is! I do hope it would stop snowing so I could start out early also. Never beats any hobby than planting during Spring.

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  15. I can't wait to get ours into the ground, but we'll have to wait another couple of weeks at least. We plant Red Roosters as our main crop, with Early Duke of Yorks for our ... you guessed it - our earlies!

    This is my first visit to your blog, and I'm liking what I'm seeing!
    As Arnie would say, 'I'll be back'! x

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  16. Oh, I have to comment too on the house. The house! What a dream! (Well, we did the same 5 years ago, but your house looks so... so, farm-like. Gorgeous, and I can't wait to read all about it.)

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  17. I've been visiting your blog and each time I come away with fresh ideas...thanks for sharing with us! The apron is lovely...now I'm ready to stitch up a new one! And planting here is still a couple of months away...you have us dreaming of spring. I was gifted with the Sylish Blogger Award last week and have to send it along to you. It's found a spot here that's so deserving...your photos, stories, and ideas inspire! If you viist our farm, you'll find my link to yours. Congrats! -Mary

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  18. PS
    My apologies...I didn't notice the Award-Free Blog button alongside your posts until after I added you to my list and commented. I'll pull it from my posting straightaway. -Mary

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  19. I agree..I think the apron will help! I'm looking forward to getting our garden ready to plant...you're a bit further along than we are I think. I've never planted potatoes ..probably because we never really had the room but maybe I'll try a few hills this year just for the heck of it. Love your apron!
    Maura :)

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  20. Reminds me of my childhood. Dad always planted potatoes. He grew them under piles of hay, though instead of soil. They were the cleanest potatoes and so easiest to harvest. I've never tried it myself -- have never had the room really. Good luck with them.

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