Potatoes 2012

This year I was able to get the potatoes in the ground plenty early, putting them in March 10. I planted Irish cobbler, yukon gold, and a purple variety that Prairie Gardens was carrying. I planted them in 4′ long rows about 18″ apart. I had fairly consistent sprouting, with only a couple of potato sections which didn’t seem to grow.

May 21, I picked 2 potato plants, one yukon and one irish cobbler. They seem to be producing well, but still had many pea sized potatoes.

June 17, harvested most of the potatoes:

  • Irish Cobbler: 17 lbs., 5 oz
  • Yukon Gold: 5 lbs., 9 oz.
  • Purple: 1 lb, 14 oz.

I left several Yukon Gold and Purple potato plants to grow a bit further, since they still seemed to have smaller potatoes that looked like they could grow further.

On June 17 I also planted Red Russet potatoes that I had purchased back in March and had moved to the refridgerator. They mature in 110-120 days, so hopefully will be ready shortly before the first frost if I don’t pick them as new potatoes before that. This time I planted them in one long row the length of the bed, and a second half row to allow for the still growing Purple and Yukon Gold potatoes. The rows were a little closer to 20″ apart
in this configuration.

More to come this fall!!!


About mwolske

I'm a Senior Research Scientist in Community Informatics at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois.
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