Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» New England Nov 2017
by trolleydriver Today at 8:53 am

» Today's Harvest
by trolleydriver Today at 8:51 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by trolleydriver Today at 8:49 am

» Happy Thanksgiving All!
by AtlantaMarie Today at 8:26 am

» Birds of the Garden
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:01 pm

» Holy snow Batman!
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 3:44 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by sanderson Yesterday at 12:33 pm

» Microgreens Gardening
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 11:55 am

» My new compost heap
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 8:20 am

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by Robbomb116 11/21/2017, 11:55 am

» Alternative cover to straw for overwintering strawberries.
by BeetlesPerSqFt 11/21/2017, 9:38 am

» First Frost!
by brianj555 11/20/2017, 3:27 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by BeetlesPerSqFt 11/20/2017, 11:29 am

» How Many Square Feet Do You Have?
by BeetlesPerSqFt 11/20/2017, 8:56 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by countrynaturals 11/19/2017, 1:16 pm

» The Winter Journey and greenhouse plastic
by BeetlesPerSqFt 11/19/2017, 11:14 am

» Tomato Questions
by brianj555 11/19/2017, 11:07 am

» N&C Midwest; November Already? 2017
by Scorpio Rising 11/18/2017, 7:34 pm

» BOOK GIVEAWAY #5 - ENDS 11/17/17
by brianj555 11/18/2017, 4:12 pm

» What I learned this year
by countrynaturals 11/18/2017, 1:45 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by trolleydriver 11/18/2017, 9:26 am

» First Tromboncino female flower
by countrynaturals 11/17/2017, 5:51 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver 11/17/2017, 1:59 pm

» Free lunaria seeds
by hammock gal 11/17/2017, 10:12 am

» Plastic containers / trash cans?
by sanderson 11/16/2017, 10:33 pm

» Mels book
by Scorpio Rising 11/16/2017, 7:04 pm

» Mid-Atl - Nov 2017 - Warming Up AGAIN?
by sanderson 11/16/2017, 4:17 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by Turan 11/15/2017, 4:59 pm

» Goodbye to my SFG Raised Beds
by Turan 11/15/2017, 4:41 pm

» Pickle recipes
by sanderson 11/15/2017, 4:12 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

Can I be lazy tonight?

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Can I be lazy tonight?

Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 6/25/2011, 9:36 pm

Can I be lazy and just ask instead of look the answer up?

I have been reading that potatoes are cooler weather crops that do much better when planted in spring. However, I always thought they were a fall crop. Seems they don't like the heat of summer much.

This evening, my wife and I were walking through a hardware store picking up odds and ends. We came across a basket full of potato seeds/chunks for $4. But, they were marked down another 75%! How the heck am I supposed to resist that? So, we bought 2 bags....one red and one yukon.

Now, I need to rethink my fall plan all over again. Looks like we are going to try and get potatoes for Thanksgiving after all. I can dedicate several squares to them. But, is July 1st-ish too early to put them in the ground being that the heat of summer hasn't even started?

I don't mind wasting $2 on bad timing. I just don't want to get my hopes up.....or my wife's. Because that will be much more expensive if you know what I mean.........

Many thanks for any help.
avatar
BackyardBirdGardner

Male Posts : 2727
Join date : 2010-12-25
Age : 43
Location : St. Louis, MO

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Can I be lazy tonight?

Post  ModernDayBetty on 6/25/2011, 10:33 pm

be lazy! Sometimes I don't post questions because i'm too lazy to look it up first lol. Here's my question pretty much the same a few weeks ago http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t7868-feeling-a-little-naive

I ended up doing the mm in rubbermade containers, they are 1 ft by 1 1/2 ft. I figure we get a night frost when the day temps are pretty warm so I will be able to bring them into the garage at night for end of October and most of November. I'm trying it, we'll see what I get. They are not frost tolerant from what I have read. So if you live somewhere with a hard freeze you would have to do something like hoop house or what I'm doing.

EDIT and depending on the type of red you got both are potatoes that take a long time 120-130 days. FYI :o)
avatar
ModernDayBetty

Female Posts : 298
Join date : 2011-03-19
Location : Central Washington Zone 7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Can I be lazy tonight?

Post  boffer on 6/25/2011, 11:06 pm

@BackyardBirdGardner wrote:Can I be lazy and just ask instead of look the answer up?...

Sure...I'll be a sucker and go looking for you. Really, I did; I just didn't find anything conclusive or encouraging about planting spuds this late. I found one 'expert who said Missouri is a great place to grow potatoes, and I found one 'expert' who said that it's a lousy place to grow potatoes. Which one do you want to listen to?!

Growing in heat reduces production and can cause watery potatoes. Since you already own them, you could plant them now, or stick them in the fridge and wait for fall to plant them. I can leave potatoes in the ground over winter, and they will be one of the first things to sprout in March.

avatar
boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 64
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Re: Can I be lazy tonight?

Post  ModernDayBetty on 6/25/2011, 11:53 pm

@boffer wrote:
@BackyardBirdGardner wrote:Can I be lazy and just ask instead of look the answer up?...

Sure...I'll be a sucker and go looking for you. Really, I did; I just didn't find anything conclusive or encouraging about planting spuds this late. I found one 'expert who said Missouri is a great place to grow potatoes, and I found one 'expert' who said that it's a lousy place to grow potatoes. Which one do you want to listen to?!

Growing in heat reduces production and can cause watery potatoes. Since you already own them, you could plant them now, or stick them in the fridge and wait for fall to plant them. I can leave potatoes in the ground over winter, and they will be one of the first things to sprout in March.


Lol! I didn't know I could stick them in the fridge (or didn't think about it) and wait a few months, great advice. I have 6 left over I didn't plant.... Now I'll have those to try to over winter. I have been told I can't here but our ground gets rock solid frozen.
avatar
ModernDayBetty

Female Posts : 298
Join date : 2011-03-19
Location : Central Washington Zone 7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Can I be lazy tonight?

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum