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Old June 6, 2016   #31
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Around what dates are you planting for fall?
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Old June 8, 2016   #32
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I plant in July to get Christmas new potatoes.
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Old June 8, 2016   #33
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Funny this thread popped back up. Last night I was thinking about planting fall tomatoes. Our first frost can be anywhere from about Nov 1- Dec 1. If I do a small bed I could even put some hoops over it and they probably could be growing until Jan.
What would I need to do to prep some grocery store or produce market potatoes since I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to find potatoes for sale at that time? I'd like to try some fingerling varieties but I know they're late so maybe Yukon Gold and some sort of red?
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Old June 14, 2016   #34
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I have been so busy with other things that I haven't planted yet. I have a bucket (about 5lbs) of sprouted fingerlings that I will plant tomorrow.
The volunteers in the garden came up in April, got frozen but are back in style now. Froze here the middle of May.
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Old June 14, 2016   #35
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I am seriously thinking of planting my potatoes in the late Fall instead of in the Spring. I missed a small row last year and the window for getting in the garden was extremely tiny this year for Spring planting... (that said I still have potatoes I haven't gotten in *sigh*!) and the ones I missed wintered over and are absolutely the nicest I have ever seen in my garden.
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Old June 14, 2016   #36
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Cl, the same thing happened to me... last year I couldn't get all of the spuds out of the ground and this year they are looking better than ever.

Why can't we raise potatoes on the same schedule as we do garlic? When you think about it, they are kind of the same. ?
Just make sure to mulch enough to keep the tubers from freezing and spoiling.
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Old June 15, 2016   #37
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berryman... I did nothing to these potatoes over the winter and there were mornings I went to shovel snow it was 5*f... that was cold! I suspect it would take much colder to harm them or warmer and wet to rot them, but I even doubt that unless they were diseased already but then they should be pulled and disposed of if they are showing those signs.
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