GLT's Grow: This Spud's For You

Mar 17, 2017

Potatoes are an early spring crop that can be easy to grow.
Credit United Soybean Board / Flickr via Creative Commons

Now's the time to start growing potatoes in your garden.  But don't limit yourself to the usual potato suspects.

  • Potatoes are easy to come by in the grocery story, but there's nothing so tasty as the spud you grew yourself!
  • Start in the next couple of weeks.  Yep, it's an early crop.  Dig straight, shallow trenches, two to three feet apart, in prepared soil. Plant slip potatoes 12 inches apart and cover with about 3 inches of soil. When the potato gorws, it shades the ground, which prevents the sun from drying out the soil too much.
  • Or, if you prefer, plant in straw mulch.
  • You won't need too much water.
  • The German Butterball is a great variety to try.  The Red Viking is another great potato.  Give it a chance -- it's better than Yukon Gold!

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