Our first potato plants are popping up! It’s not too late to put out starts. We put the seed potatoes out very early when it was still quite cold, they made it through a few nights in the high 20s!
The end of an odd winter..Spring is here.
The morning air is crisp, the sun is warm, and baby plants are stirring. And with temperatures hovering around 50 degrees or so, it’s time to put out the potatoes here in Tennessee.
You may be familiar with our last potato tower experience, or maybe not. It was nothing to write home about. For one thing, I used grocery store potatoes. That’s a big No-No but I had to find out for myself. Grocery store potatoes are treated with anti-sprouting agents and as you can guess, i ended up with a big pile of – Nothing.
This year, I am using certified seed potatoes and my towers is made with a combination of compost and straw.
Start by setting up the cage on top on the cardboard, this will go a long way in keeping the weeds out of the potato tower. Next, add a thick layer of straw to the bottom of the cage, top the straw with your 2/3 of your compost.
Push the seed potatoes into the compost and cover with the remaining compost. Top with another layer of straw.
Once the potatoes sprout out, keep adding straw to the tower, keeping about 4 inches of greenery exposed at all times. Stop adding when the plants set blooms.
So far it’s looking good, don’t you agree?