2.25.2011

Potatoes are coming!

Received confirmation today that my tators will ship next week! Yeah! Spring is coming. :)
This year I placed my order with Ronniger Potato Farm in Austin, CO. I'm very excited to give these tubers a try. I'm hoping to have better luck with this time around.
I prepared a plot for planting in early Fall and am hoping this year goes a lot better than last year. Ok - so maybe I was a little hasty last year in digging/dumping my potato bags but I wanted potatoes and I wanted them "now!" so I really have no one to blame but myself for the failed harvests. Alas - yet again my impatient nature reared it's ugly head - well not this year!

I will be planting:
Bliss Triumph (red)
Purple Viking
Purple Majesty
Pink Pearl
Bintje
Ozette Fingerling

Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!



2.10.2011

Sweet potatoes

After many fruitless searches on the internet I found very little about when to start rooting my sweet potatoes for slips but plenty of info on how to start rooting my sweet potato slips - so in defiance of the harsh winter weather we've been getting I'm hedging my bets and I decided to start them today. Probably starting them too early but last year I probably started them too late (late March maybe??) Not really sure but I definitely know I didn't do all I could do to get the slips going strong.


In late Fall, year before last ('09), I picked up a couple of Japanese sweet potatoes from a local farmer's market and stored them over the winter and used them to start the slips I put out last summer. Not knowing a damn thing about how to plant, care for and harvest sweet potatoes I'm surprised I got any at all but I did - some big, some small and lots of very sad looking ones. I saved out the very best ones and am using those and a few others I picked up at another farmer's market this year.




 I've got 6 tubers going - two had already started to sprout so I'm hopeful! Right now, at this very moment, they are sitting atop my fridge (the warmest spot I think of without breaking out the seeding table and lights which I've got plans to do this weekend - just not tonite!). Here's to tators!