Ordering seed potatoes and wondering whether to have them sent mid-April or ASAP. Such a mild winter we've had and spring is already here! The grass is already growing. I'm in zone 8, four miles from the Sound. Yes, it can still snow, still freeze (not just frost!) for the next month at least, but I"m betting this warm trend will continue. Is anyone as optimistic as I and planted their potatoes yet this year or about to? When do you normally plant your potatoes? Last year I planted mine April 15, and they seemed to grow well, but I wonder if they could have been in the ground longer and gotten bigger. The plants weren't entirely dead when I had to harvest since the "rains" were coming. It was early October. Thanks!
Do you ever have snow or freezing after you've planted the potatoes? Do you remember the weather last year after you planted? I've always followed the guidelines of "plant mid-April" for zone 8, but I wonder if I could go sooner. I just called Territorial, where I get my seeds, and they said, "Plant for tax day, yup." But I wonder...Of course, I've got an idea now from you, which is try to plant some early and see what happens. I can stagger when I plant. Thanks!
We don't generally get much snow during the winter... usually once or twice.
I remember snow in mid-late February a couple of times, don't remember in March.
It's common for us to have frost/freezing in March, our last frost date is generally around May 15th.
Typically though we're pretty safe from a hard frost by mid April, at least at my house.
Last year we didn't have a hard freeze, it was just a typical cold and wet spring.
April 15th is certainly safe... it just depends on how quickly you want to start eating new potatoes.
As for me, seed potatoes are cheap, and I like to have them in the ground sooner rather than later.
If I lose some, it's fine... I always have more following behind.
That's the beauty of planting on a small scale, I have more versatility.
Matt, I appreciate all the details. You're definitely warmer than we are, but we're just a few weeks behind you, it appears. What I am going to do for sure is stagger the planting the way you do. I haven't done that before, and it eludes me why I hadn't thought of that prior to your post. Thanks again!
I leave mines in the ground and they regrow every year. So technically you could sow them in the fall.
My last freezing day is also April 15th. with 4inch a rain for that month. I am pretty sure that they dont start sporting until at least mid may.
Bengi, Like Matt, I'm interested, too. I'm all ears!
Well, I'm going to admit this, Wyomiles. For me, spring is a blessing and a curse. Sometimes all the work it brings is overwhelming, and I envy those with a shorter growing season. I suspect Robert is shaking his head right about now. I've considered a greenhouse, but I think, "Do I really want to be growing year 'round or close to it?" I'm kind of lazy that way...
Location: Massachusetts, Zone:6/7, AHS:4, Rainfall:48in even Soil:SandyLoam pH6 Flat
On the west coast the frost line is less than 12inches, here it is 36inches. If they are left on the surface or with less than 4nches of dirt yes they rot other than that just mound up as they start growing.
I just dug up 1lb of spuds from a heap of weeds and soil, they grew up before last winter but were fine when I dug them last week. In fact last years harvest was so poor, if it hadn't been for the volunteer spuds which came up in various compost heaps, I wouldn't have had a crop. I intend to put my spuds in when I get chance in march, and I'm in northeast England.
Well...what I'm gathering is it's time to plant. We just had a morning of frost, but right back to high 30s mornings, so I'm risking it, if it is a risk. So many plant early in zones far colder than mine, and Bobby has planted already. Thanks Bobby.
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