Thursday, April 17, 2014

Planting Potatoes on Good Friday

There is nothing sacred about planting potatoes on Good Friday, but that is the traditional planting time. Last year Easter was a little early and the ground was still frozen solid. The trick is to...

plant the potatoes as early as possible, but you don't want them to freeze once they are up. If they freeze they will recover, but frozen foliage sets the plants back a couple of weeks.

As with many of the early garden plants if you watch for the emergence of the early crop and wait until the first planting is up it is then time to plant the second crop. If you just wait a fixed amount of time, like two weeks for example, then often the plantings are grouped to tightly. If you let the plants tell you when to plant, then regardless of the conditions the spacing will be timed correctly.

We will talk about how to plant potatoes in our next post.

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