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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.

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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)

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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.


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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.

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