|Kennebec Potatoes from 2010 Garden|
I am trying another method of growing potatoes after seeing the success Laura had at The Modern Victory Garden using the John Jeavons’ Potato Planting Method last year.
John Jeavons “Grow Biointensive” gardening method involves double-dug beds, feeding the soil with compost, and planting closely to conserve spacing and create a microclimate. Actually, there are eight essential aspects to “Grow Biointensive.” You can learn more here.
I am planting the potatoes a few weeks later than last year both because the ground was too cold and wet to work the soil until now and I needed extra time to source and chit fresh seed potatoes.
|Dark Red Norland Potatoes Chitting|
The seed potatoes I saved to plant this year didn’t make it though the winter. They sprouted and shriveled up to hard little nuggets. Luckily for me Pinetree Garden Seeds is having a clearance sale and I was able to purchase my seed for 50% off regular price. I again went with the Dark Red Norland, an early-season variety, and Kennebec, a late season variety since they did so well for me last year.
|Kennebec Potatoes Chitting|
They have just begun to green sprout and should be ready to plant next weekend. This is one time where procrastination paid off. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and we can till the garden and prepare the garden beds for planting.