I planted Potatoes today, it’s good to be an optimist.

By jacqueslebec Red Potatoes in the nearest raised bed, Russets in the bed on the far side.[LEFT]  A bright sun greeted me this morning when I rose from bed and climbed the two flights of stairs to where the coffee is. There was frost on the pumpkin even though the temperature was well above freezing … Continue reading I planted Potatoes today, it’s good to be an optimist.

27 July 2014

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Cherry Red Potato Harvest

From Dirt to Dinner

Cherry-Red-ResultsThis year I grew a trial patch of five ‘Cherry Red’ potato plants from January 27th through June 13th. A crazy-early start, even for Northern California. And 137 days is a long time to wait for “new” potatoes. But the plants did well, grew very tall, and flowered even though they suffered some water stress in the spot where they grew. The harvest was well over 5 pounds. I didn’t include the weight of some of the potatoes because their eating quality was spoiled by growing too close to the surface.

Luckily, high stolon-set is a characteristic I love in a potato variety and this one may have everything we look for in red-skinned urban farm growing conditions. It’s a tall plant that sets stolons high on the stem. The stolon length is among the largest I have seen with potatoes growing over 2 1/2′ from the main stem. The…

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