Saturday, February 18, 2012
I like to grow a crop of potatoes in spring and fall. I keep learning more about how it all works. Back in January I had some red potatoes that were past use, but it was still freezy outside. I put the potatoes in a pot and covered them with a few inches of dry potting soil and set the pot in a sheltered spot up close to the house, for warmth. Last weekend I remembered the pot and looked for the potatoes. They were starting to grow, so I moved the pot into the sun and gave it some water. Who knew? I have read that potatoes will store in the ground, so it makes sense. Last fall I had potatoes growing that I had put in during the spring bareroot season. The apparently just sat through the heat then grew. I am not a confident potato grower yet, but I am learning. All this makes me wonder if whenever there is a potato or two that would go in the compost if one could just bury it in the ground and perhaps get a small crop. Maybe we should try it and see.