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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #90 on: March 26, 2012, 02:27:38 PM »
Finally got the rest of the garden turned over and desodded (it's a new garden for us) now to dig paths and decide where everything is going. Got the potatoes in the mail this week so, aside from the shock of discovering I just paid 13 bucks for 2.5 lbs of french fingerlings, I am ready to plant my potato patch. anyone know why I can't just buy potatoes at 2.50 a lb or whatever for planting? I used to think it had something to do with the age of the spud and perhaps I am right but gosh!
Walmart was selling seed potatoes -$4 for 6 spuds.  I went to the veggie aisle and got a 10 pound bag for $3, put them in a cardboard box in the garage for a month until they sprouted.  I planted them 2 weeks ago and the plants are already about 4" high.

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #91 on: March 26, 2012, 03:19:23 PM »
I pay extra NOT to support Walmart.  I guess I am rich.
I support the local potato farm in the area, although I still pay shipping ::) 
This year I think I have enough left over from last years harvest to replant.

Not to early to start potatoes; especially in central California. 
The sprouts can frost back a bit but no worries, they will rebound.

My favorite fingerling..the Rose Finn.  Yum.  What kind do you have?

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #92 on: March 26, 2012, 03:52:36 PM »
I pay extra NOT to support Walmart.  I guess I am rich.
I support the local potato farm in the area, although I still pay shipping ::) 
This year I think I have enough left over from last years harvest to replant.

Not to early to start potatoes; especially in central California. 
The sprouts can frost back a bit but no worries, they will rebound.

My favorite fingerling..the Rose Finn.  Yum.  What kind do you have?

I've got all blue for my storage potato and La Ratte for fingerlings. It's my first year having a potato patch so I am starting slow. I do like the rose finn though.

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #93 on: March 27, 2012, 06:04:02 AM »
Mort, I was looking at the SSE potatoes. How much will 2.5 lbs of potatoes get you? I'm only looking to do 4-6 plants. It might end up being too much.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #94 on: March 27, 2012, 07:35:08 AM »
Mort, I was looking at the SSE potatoes. How much will 2.5 lbs of potatoes get you? I'm only looking to do 4-6 plants. It might end up being too much.

yeah, 2.5 lbs is about 10-15 spuds with the smaller potatoes like fingerlings and all blue. each one with a couple eyes on. I am planning for a pretty big crop maybe 20-30 plants of each variety. We like potatoes.

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #95 on: March 27, 2012, 08:10:04 AM »
Me and the wife planted potatoes in mid Feb and they are about 4 to 8 inches tall which ones came up. We have had a lot of rain so far this year and we are about a foot above normal so about ¼ of the seed potatoes just rotted. Had a few other things that needed to be replanted as well like green beans, but most of garden is growing fine if the birds would just leave it alone. I finally put a net over the strawberries since I had been losing about 90%. I don’t mind sharing but that is a bit excessive. My hops are up and I already have small blood oranges, lemons, and blue berries.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #96 on: March 27, 2012, 08:48:12 PM »
Sometimes the store potatoes are sprayed to prevent them from sprouting. If they sprout go for it!
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #97 on: March 28, 2012, 01:27:18 AM »
Harvested and carved the first pineapples this evening.  Celebrated by making mai tais topped with pineapple slices skewered with sugar cane spears. Homemade/homegrown everything... Hawaii!
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #98 on: March 31, 2012, 05:08:17 PM »
Harvested and carved the first pineapples this evening.  Celebrated by making mai tais topped with pineapple slices skewered with sugar cane spears. Homemade/homegrown everything... Hawaii!
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #99 on: March 31, 2012, 06:55:44 PM »
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #100 on: March 31, 2012, 08:53:55 PM »
Wow, pineapples! what can't you grow in the islands?
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #101 on: April 01, 2012, 12:11:34 AM »
Wow, pineapples! what can't you grow in the islands?
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #102 on: April 01, 2012, 03:08:23 AM »
Wow, pineapples! what can't you grow in the islands?

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #103 on: April 02, 2012, 07:25:56 AM »
Well, I got the potatoes in, there are alot of la Ratte fingerlings in 2.5 lbs. two 15'x3' beds with a little room left over for interplanting, and two smaller patches and still had to send some home with a friend as I ran out of potato room. Got the rest of my beds dug for beans and maters. Got another 6 hop rhysomes in the dirt, 5 cascade, 1 sterling. Add those to the 6 centenial I planted last week (which have started to poke their little heads above ground) and it makes an even dozen. Got my blue berries in the hugel bed and topped it off with a little flowering heather my wife (Heather) got me for valentines. got some lettuce and chard seed in. and some strawberry spinach (http://www.seedsavers.org/Details.aspx?itemNo=1217). Got lots of seeds in starter mix in peat pots; beans, flowers, onions. Pulled one bulb of green garlic for pasta sauce. yum. I really like gardening. Next up is digging the three sisters plot (oaxacan green corn, pole beans and acorn squash) in the front yard. (luckily most of my neighbors are hippies)

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #104 on: April 02, 2012, 11:34:06 AM »
Wow, nice work morticai! 
You could interplant with fast growing spring things, bc it will take a while for the tater plants to fill out.

I have heard that when you cut potatoes in parts for planting, you need to let them dry out.  Any truth to that?

Apricot is in full bloom, so it snowed this morning. ::)