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Old November 27, 2017   #46
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Gardeneer or Fred, have you harvested anything yet?

I ended up planting after all, trying this method: http://www.backwoodshome.com/plant-y...all-or-winter/

It's really late for it but based on what Carolyn and berryman said last year, and the link above, I thought I'd try it anyway.

I had already ordered my seed potatoes for November delivery, so roughly half of them went into this row, 32' long, deep compost and grass clipping trench, and we'll see what happens. My biggest concern is that they'll rot, so a lot will depend on the weather (as always!). I'll plant the rest in the spring and compare.
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Old December 1, 2017   #47
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You are probably fine doing this in zone 7 or 8 in the southern US. Where I live, even though it is on the edge of zone 6b/7a, it gets too cold for most potatoes to survive in the ground. I get exceptions to this that overwinter - mostly from those that I missed when digging.
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Old February 21, 2018   #48
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It has been raining like crazy here, but warm... yesterday the Forsythia began blooming and today I counted 14 beautiful little potato plants popping up. Looks as if a few of them are a few days up. I must have missed them on my way to and from the compost.

So far, so good; I hope to plant the 2nd row in about 3 weeks or so.

Not the straightest row ever LOL
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Old February 25, 2018   #49
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When I looked on line for a reliable source of information, the bottom line was the soil should be 40 degrees, and the night time temps shouldnt go down to the teens very often.

Called local source of seed potatos--not available until mid-March.

In the past I have followed the wives tail of planting peas on St Patricks day. hmmmm.... nothing ever popped up, just rotted in the ground. Planting day has been moved to after April 1st.

Zone 6a, north side of a big hill

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Old February 25, 2018   #50
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THis might be helpful---when the dandylions bloom.

https://www.mainepotatolady.com/pdf/...g-potatoes.pdf

Sometimes this link works, sometimes no.
Go to Maine potato lady and look in left column. Below items for sale is a list of informational pages.

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Old February 25, 2018   #51
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North side of a big hill is tough - I can see why the peas wouldn't like March overmuch. When we first moved here i planted Wandos and Laxton's Progress #9 in March; the Wandos did great after a slow start but I never saw the LPs.

I can't open your link but if you read mine in post #46, it shows what I'm experimenting with. Planting half in the fall and half in the spring. We had such an extended cold in January that a pipe burst, and still the Thanksgiving planted potatoes are coming up. We'll see.
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Old February 26, 2018   #52
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Your climate is actually much warmer than mine despite the Zone 6 listing. FOr the first time we had a frozen pipe, just enough to stop water flow to kitchen sink. Defrosted before problematic. Genreally we are cold, 20-40 all winter, sometimes less, sometimes more. The ground stays frozen...except for this year!! Last weeek was very warm, then a quick ice storm, then very warm again. Wet soils will be a problem IMO despite the early spring.

Other planting information is that soil should be 50 degrees. ANd some varieties are more tolerant than others for the potatoes. Your varieties might be different than the recommend for my area, so I wont bother listing some of the varieites.

ANd location, location, location. Beds are drier, or bags.

Maine is the 2nd largest acerage in potato production; Maine Potato Lady has good information IMO

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Would this help for the next time? It is starting the seed potato until eyes appear etc. before setting them in the ground.

https://www.highmowingseeds.com/blog...%20Blog%202016
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Old February 26, 2018   #54
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THis might be helpful---when the dandylions bloom.

https://www.mainepotatolady.com/pdf/...g-potatoes.pdf

Sometimes this link works, sometimes no.
Go to Maine potato lady and look in left column. Below items for sale is a list of informational pages.
The same said here about the dandelions.

https://www.thespruce.com/when-to-plant-what-1402752

I'd tend to agree more with letting the blooms tell you when to plant rather than hard-set dates. It doesn't have very much info on Fall or Winter planting though.
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