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First spuds Friday, July 9th, 2010

Norland Red and Yukon gold fingerling potatoes

In April we’d planted Norland Red and Yukon Gold potatoes. A couple days ago I asked The Hub to see if there were some potatoes ready for eating. I was grilling some spice rubbed chicken on our charcoal grill and we’d used up everything in the fridge as far as veggies go. He came back with two plant’s worth of new potatoes. Since I alternated the gold and red potatoes we got a variety. I cut them up with a small white onion our daughter picked, drizzled them with olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted them on  a sheet in the oven – about 425F for 20 minutes.

A little extra – I used oregano and thyme, chopped, from the garden with a mix of dry coriander, salt, br. sugar, pepper, nutmeg and garlic powder for the dry rub on the chicken. To top the potatoes we mixed some light sour cream with a generous portion of fresh dill leaves and chives.

It was goooood eats!

Good Friday marks potato planting Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Kennebecs harvested in 2008

Good Friday was always the day to plant potatoes – I picked this up from my father who had it passed down to him. It’s nice to get something in the actual ground so early – gives the gardening itch a good scratch. I didn’t exactly get mine planted yet but I got them picked up.

You can get seed potatoes at many places: grocery stores, hardware stores, nurseries, etc. I finally got to Runnings (local ag/hardware store) and picked up some seed potatoes. I chose Norland Red and Yukon Gold. Also available were Kennebec (white) and Pontiac (red). On sale for $o.35/lb. I picked up about 3-4 of each and made sure there were a few good eyes on each one. In past years I’ve used a bag of fingerling potatoes from the grocer that we hadn’t eaten up before the eyes started to sprout and they did well too – potatoes are not the pickiest crop. There are a few things to take note on though:

  • Avoid any seed potatoes that seem soft or moldy.
  • Potatoes are in the same family as tomatoes so can have similar ailments or transfer ailments/pests to each other.
  • Rotate where you plant potatoes every few years and when rotating, also avoid places tomatoes have been planted.
  • Cut the potatoes leaving a couple eyes on each and let the cutting dry for a day or two before planting.
  • Plant cutting level with the ground and mound about 3″ of dirt around them.
  • Once plants emerge you can continue mounding up more dirt just under the top set of leaves.
  • Potatoes will send out roots to make more tubers all the way up their stems – that’s why you can keep mounding the dirt, making a higher and higher hill which also makes digging them up later in the season much easier.
  • Potatoes can be harvested from mid-summer (for fingerling potatoes) up until the tops wither in fall (for larger potatoes).