Do You Know How To Plant Potatoes?

Posted by F&S

We Frenchies have been told that the taste and texture of home-grown potatoes are far superior to what's available in most markets.  Anyway, it's time to plant the potatoes at the farm, but there are a few steps leading up to the actual planting.  We took G.K. to the greenhouse to get a lesson from Ryan.

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Look at these blue potatoes!  Even their shoots are blue.

1 Look at these blue potatoes! Even their shoots are blue.

And this is a pink potato variety.

2 And this is a pink potato variety.

G.K. - You are going to get a lesson in how to plant potatoes.

3 G.K. - You are going to get a lesson in how to plant potatoes.

It's been a very cold spring and the ground wasn't ready to plant potatoes and they've already begun to sprout.

4 It's been a very cold spring and the ground wasn't ready to plant potatoes and they've already begun to sprout.

A potato has many eyes where the shoots emerge.  This one looks kind of scary!

5 A potato has many eyes where the shoots emerge. This one looks kind of scary!

A potato can be planted whole, but you get more plants if you cut the potato into pieces before planting.

6 A potato can be planted whole, but you get more plants if you cut the potato into pieces before planting.

Using a sharp knife, cut the potato making sure that you have at least 2 eyes per piece.

7 Using a sharp knife, cut the potato making sure that you have at least 2 eyes per piece.

You should cut the potatoes a few days ahead of planting time so the pieces have a chance to form a protective layer.

8 You should cut the potatoes a few days ahead of planting time so the pieces have a chance to form a protective layer.

You need the potato to have a protective layer to keep moisture in and rot out.

9 You need the potato to have a protective layer to keep moisture in and rot out.

Once the potatoes are planted, they send up bushy leaves and form many whole potatoes underground.  When they're ready to harvest, you dig potatoes very carefully out of the ground using a garden fork.

10 Once the potatoes are planted, they send up bushy leaves and form many whole potatoes underground. When they're ready to harvest, you dig potatoes very carefully out of the ground using a garden fork.

Comments (11)

  • Hello ladies,
    It is good you are showing GK different things around the farm. I have seen red potatoes before but never blue ones. Hey, the blue match a chow's tongue. Kool! I bet they taste really good. Well you maniacs, what did everyone do over the weekend? We were working on the kennel, watched the horse race and watched it rain all day yesterday. I am going to bed. Catch up to everyone in the morning
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • ..we don't plant potatoes anymore..but you are right..nothing better than a home grown spud!...Lucinda celebrated her 66th birthday over the week-end..a bitter sweet affair..lots of friends and their doggies and warrior prince cookies and bar-b-que..but she cried because her best buddy wasn't there..I felt sad for her..but it was a brief moment and then everyone had a great time..chiweenies barked and Ivan and Ivanka got in trouble for putting their paws on the table and getting their own hamburgers..I just hide under a bush and watched..and ate a bunch of leftover steak and chicken..yummy!!!Oh, there is a bobcat sneaking about, so I must be careful they are wily little guys..over and out Black Mama

  • You say "poe tay toe" and I say "po ta toe"... :)

    Gee, who knew there was a pink tato! :) Is there a pink tinge to it once baked? What cool lookin' fries that would be, huh!

    Damp day here in NH. However, the rain is needed!

    Have a super day fellow 'spuds'! :)
    gail

  • Good Morning F & S

    I've had blue spuds but never a pink - I'll have to tell mom about those. I love potatoes and especially those that look like a finger - YUM!!

    Black Mama sorry to hear Lucinda was crying that makes me sad but make sure to wish her a Happy Birthday from me :)

    No sun for us this weekend, clouds Saturday and rain Sunday. In fact rain all this week :( Mom's birthday is Thursday and she usually spends the day relaxing by the pool I wonder what we'll do if it's raining? Dad, The Labs and I will have to plan something special. She went shopping with her sister yesterday and came home with LOTS of bags and was singing happy birthday to me when she walked in the door ;) Go figure she went and bought more shoes!
    The woman has a problem when it comes to shoes - TOO many!!

    Well since it's dreary outside I think I'll go back and snuggle with Dad :)

    Zoe

  • Hello Girls, G.K. & Glue Squad Buddies,
    Sorry I missed posting on Friday, due to the garage sale--more on that later. I am caught up and loved to see you running G.K. Those potatoes look like they will be yummy in the fall. Good to learn about the planting. I will pass it on to Dad and Mom. I wonder if the purple ones mash up purple--that is Mom's favorite color.

    Now, on to that HORRIBLE garage sale. Well, horrible for Ruby Gem anyway. Tons and tons and tons of people came into MY KINGDOM. I went inside, never barked, but was mighty scared that someone would take me away from my home. I slept on the couch most of the time and when Mom came in and kissed me on the head, I didn't snap or anything, but growled and told her, this was not cool at all. Dad forgot to put the time on Craig's List, so all these people were here when they were setting up at 5:30 in the morning. OMG!!!! I hadn't even pooped yet and here were people in my frontyard kingdom. School bus drivers leave early and stop at garage sales before their pick ups. Lots of stuff gone, and we are ready to move Weston when the time comes and help him on his new house and we are painting this summer. Busy, busy, and more busy. Zoe, your Mom should let my Mom know when the church bake sale is next year and she will send some Warrior Prince Biscuits for the cause. Rebel, I need to hear about the ducklings. Coyotes around my walk lake eating the baby geese. Dudley, what are you and your Mom planting in your garden? Kitty, screaming before vomiting---what is that about? Is that a cat thing? Be careful girlfriend, don't want anything getting you!!! Lucinda, Mom says to tell you to cry your eyes out if you want. She still does for Basil, and I just lick them and kiss her up a storm. We had bird cages--giant ones, left over (2) from the sale and the folks are taking them to a bird rescue. Mom had Tweetie, a love bird and Weston had Sky and Cloudy, Parakeets. Lucinda, think about a bottle fed Love Bird. Tweetie used to drink coffee with Mom. She could only be out when Black Mama wasn't on the computer however. Missy, hope your rains didn't ruin your spa treatment.Maddox enjoy your deck time, and Kirby too. Riley, Lucy and Martha Happy Victoria Day. I will tell you all of my adventures in my new swimming pool tomorrow. I got that yesterday for being "pretty good" during the sale. Hugs and love to everyone I didn't mention and have a GEM of a day all.

    Love and licks,
    Ruby

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, It is so much fun to see all three of you on your Daily Wag blogs doing so many fun things with Ryan and all the other workers at Martha's beautiful farm! You all three looked so intense watching Ryan get ready to plant those great potatoes and I'll bet they will be delicious! My Mom used to work at a potato farm when she was a kid and lived in Twin Falls, Idaho for 5 years! She plants more potatoes even now! Hope you all three have another fun day! Hey Ruby, I missed seeing your comment on Friday and hope to hear from you again today! Hope all's well in Colorado! Maddox, hope the rain has gone away where you are! We had pretty good days and I was able to take nice walks for 3 days in a row and go shopping at Costco again! Black Mama, thanks for your great comment and please wish Lucinda a Happy Birthday for me and my Mom! Hope you stay safe! Gail, glad your weather is better now! Zoe, be sure to wish your Mom a Happy Birthday on Thursday and hope the rain goes away for her! Hope to hear from the rest of you very soon! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Morning Girls, GK and Glue Squad, How interesting to be able to replant the potato with the eyes to grow a new crop. Bet they will be delicious. Mom has never seen a blue potato either. Mom just read in her magazine the other day that there are several veggies that can be rooted and replanted. We had a weekend of mixed weather, but I was able to supervise some landscaping; must admit, Mom & Dad did a pretty good job. Ruby, did you help at the yard sale? Abby & James Dean, how did Mom do in her run this weekend? Maddox, how is the kennel coming?
    Black Mama, sorry to hear that Lucinda was a little sad however,she must know that her best buddy was/is watching over all the time ;) Happy Birthday, Lucinda!! Rebel, did you see the baby ducklings over the weekend? Dudley Do Right, any new adventures lately? Zoe, so Mom's birthday is around the corner, what kind of surprises do you have for her? Hope all my other buddies are doing well. Oh yeah, Mom is on vacation this week, yaaahoooo! Maybe some extra c/c time this week????

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Good morning ladies,
    Sorry I'm a little later today. We're training a new office gal. I barked at her & Mimi explained that I am the guard dog, that made everybody laugh! I don't know why, I AM the guard dog. She seems nice, so I won't bark at her tomorrow when she gets to work.
    Lots went on with everybody. Let's see, no ducklings or Mama either, maybe they moved on the other lake.
    It sure was hot yesterday, A/C is on! Mimi & I got the last of the tomatoes planted. Papa took me for a walk & we went too far. I got hot & he had to carry me back home. He forgot how close my undercarriage is to the hot sidewalk.
    Ruby and the Garage Sale, sounds like a good book! Sorry you didn't get your morning constitution done before the shoppers came.
    Oh, Black Mama, we're so sorry Lucinda was sad. Mimi says she understands completely & hopes you have a sunny day inside & outside today.
    Hey! I forgot to "talk" to F & S! How silly is that? Girls, I think I saw a hairy potato in the cupboard one time. Their weird. I'm not into veggies but I know Mimi has cooked red, white, blue & rose colored potatoes. I don't get the big deal, but the Mom's think it's cool.
    It's going to start storming here this afternoon & I'm not going to be very happy about it. I'll be thinking about Kitty, Sonya & Baby Favor. Boomers on the way gang!
    Well, til tomorrow.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Thanks for the good advice about planting potatoes ladies and G.K. Growing up, we planted potatoes every year and you're right, they taste the best.

    Black Mama please tell Lucinda Happy Birthday from me. I'm sorry that she was sad for a bit, but I bet that she felt much warm love from her buddy up above.

    Ruby Gem you are such a good girl, you were just protecting your new empire. Zoe what surprises are you and the Labs up to for your Mom?

    Hello everyone! I hope all had a great weekend! :smile:

  • I must make this short, ya right! ;-) I just had a battle on facebook about my Sun-Maid venture...WHY do people have to be so hateful and vile, I have never done anything to them.
    Anyway, the sun is shining right now before the storm comes again...Kitty is enjoying it right now.

    Lucinda, how I wish I was 66 again...I have been so depressed since I turned ~mumble~mumble~ so enjoy life as it is now, it goes by so fast...I realize this daily...be happy you have come this far. I have been given a 24 year extension since my cancer and I'm still here. Thank You God!

    Just a note to F & S about those potatoe eyes and roots, they are poisonous to animals.

    Got to run, the sun might not be here much longer for today.
    Hugs and Love to "ALL"
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hello to Frannie, Sharkey, GK and all the Glue Squaders!!!!!
    Really great to see GK being included these days.
    Black Mama please tell Lucinda to cry all she wants, our beloved brother,Sparky (yes, a Dalmatian) died in 2005 and Mom and us still mourn. But he is on our mantel in the living room and will be in our hearts forever.
    Ruby, like you we protect our turf. Can't let anyone or anything invade. Brutus doesn't like anyone or thing coming here, but I like to sniff out the competition.
    Mom and Dad had to work this past weekend, so Brutus and I had a quiet time. They finally turned the A/C on Sunday evening (Brutus says it was waaaay overdue).
    That's about it for this Monday. Dad is working...again and Mom is home for a couple of days. When you work in a hospital and a fire department you don't keep Monday thru Friday work hours.
    I think it must be nap time...gotta keep up the strength!
    Pugs and kisses from Brutus and Max

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