This year’s seed potatoes arrived in the mail this morning! I have to pick up some bales of straw and then planting can begin.
Last year’s garden gave an underwhelming performance. Drought delayed the tomatoes, cucumber beetles attacked the squash, and groundhogs eliminated all the peas, beans and greens. The only crops that afforded much pride were the herbs, particularly sweet basil, which thrived in the endless sun, and potatoes.
You work with your successes. This year I will plant more potatoes.
These specialty, mostly heirloom varieties came from Eagle Creek Seed Potatoes in Alberta. Clockwise from top left, they are warba (a delicious, early selection I grew last year), banana (fingerling), pink fir apple (fingerling), all red (late), purple viking (mid) and russet burbank (late). The order included 1 kg each of warba and russet burbank, four tubers each of the rest.
I still have several of last year’s bintje potatoes sprouting like crazy on the basement landing. I’ll plant them, too.
Potatoes are an ideal crop for starting new permaculture beds. Last year I created raised beds, placed potatoes on top and covered them with straw. This year I will follow an even simpler strategy: covering the sod with newspaper, placing seed potatoes on top, covering them with straw and fertilizing with bonemeal.