I received the second-to-last of my seed order: the potatoes. (The last are the sweet potatoes.) Aren’t they beauties. There are 4 different kinds going from early season to late: Red Gold, Katahdin, Carola and Russets. I didn’t get anything wild this time (purple, fingerling) and I selected with an eye toward longevity/storage, except for the early birds. So now I am deciding if I am going to allow them to chit (i.e., sprout) before I plant them. (Ever the optimist, I assume this snow is not going to be with us long.)
Are there ways any of you ALWAYS do your potatoes? I am by nature a fickle experimenter, so I have chitted and not chitted, cut them up and left them whole. (Regarding the cutting: I have noticed that whole potatoes DO make bigger and fewer potatoes. But someplace in the whole deal it breaks down and everyone seems to have lots of little babies. I blame the heavy soil. But I love the little babies.)
It has become the seedling nursery because we haven’t put the greenhouse together yet. I had to turn the heater on during this spell of cold; the eggplants and peppers (who expect a bit of chilliness) were looking positively unhappy. And I had to bring the seed trays in from the garage, as a field mouse has decided it was HIS salad I had planted. So with the exception of the tomatoes and flowers under the growlights upstairs, this is the start of the season.
If the snow melts, that is.