Potato Bed On 4/16/06
Potato Bed On 4-25-06
Potato Bed on 5/7/06
Realization Of The Day:
The potato plants really, really love all this rain we've had. I think they are getting bigger by the hour.
I planted this bed on March 19th with some little Yukon Gold and Norkotah Russet potatoes leftover from last year's harvest. Yes, I know you're not supposed to do that--you're supposed to buy certified or "foundation" seed potatoes each year--but for the past few years I haven't. No problems so far, though I do make sure to rotate my beds so that potatoes are never planted in the same bed that had potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, squash, or melons in it the year before. Crop rotation is a great way to reduce soil borne diseases and even pest problems. Rotating your tomato plants is essential. Once certain tomato diseases find their way into your garden, you can never get rid of them--and that means no more homegrown tomatoes. Ever. I know someone who had this happen to her. She has never been the same since. Rotate, rotate, rotate!
Did You Know. . .
One of the best places to "store" your potatoes is right where you grew them? Click here for dirt-covered proof.
Don't forget the Asparagus Aspirations roundups every week through May at Seriously Good. And if you've posted one of your own asparagus recipes, be sure to leave the permalink with Kevin and join in the delicious fun.
The Eat Local Challenge is also going on this month. For more information, check out the neat new group blog, EatLocalChallenge.com. Need help finding locally produced bounty beyond your garden gate? You'll find tons of helpful info at Local Harvest.