Potato Love

Isn’t it cute?  i planted the seed potatoes today in 2 of the front yard beds, and i came across this heart shaped one: one of the fingerlings, so it’s only about 2″ big.

I dug to the bottom of the leaf mold that i filled the raised beds with, and planted the potatoes nearly on top of the newspaper on top of the grass.  The newspaper is starting to breakdown, and i’m praying that the grass is dead enough to not break through!  That would be most unfortunate….

The German butterballs are planted 10″x10″ apart from each other, and the La Ratte fingerlings are 6″x6″ (left).  Both are buried about 4″ under, with the extra soil mounded up between the rows (right) since i will nearly bury the plants, when 6″ tall, as part of the hilling to encourage more tuber growth and to protect them from sun exposure, which makes them inedible.

I cut the all the butterballs in half, making sure to leave at least 2 sprouted eyes on each piece, and left them on the counter for a few days to scab over. Didn’t cut any fingerlings since they were so small to begin with.  I tried my best to point the eyes up, but the fingerlings were covered in eyes, so they’ll just have to figure out which way is up for themselves!


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Urban gardening at it's best (sometimes it's worst)! Adventures and learnings from going 100% lawn free in a D.C. row house.
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2 Responses to Potato Love

  1. Ed Bruske says:

    Looks great, Ryan!

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