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Planting Red Potatoes and Early Peas

by Leo Windham on February 12, 2013

Yellow JessamineI sure do sympathize with all our good friends in the Northeast who are still digging out from the latest blizzard. Down here in the South, we’ve been blessed with some mild temperatures. It has been warm enough here to start the yellow jessamine blooming that we planted last year on our garden arbor.

Planting Potatoes

It’s also time for me to plant my potatoes. So I made a quick trip to my local feed and seed store and picked up 20 pounds of  Red Pontiac potatoes. These are certified seed tubers  which means they’ve been treated to resist blight and other diseases. Potatoes are really easy to grow and if you’re thinking about planting your own,  I recommend that you shop and get advice at your local feed and seed store. They will know what varieties grow best in your area.

Planting Potatoes  Don’t plant the whole potato. Use a paring knife to cut sections that contain at least 2 to 3 eyes.

Planting Potatoes You can usually get 3 or 4 sections from one potato.

Planting Potatoes 006Once they’re all cut, spread them out on newspaper and let them dry for a few days to allow the cut surfaces to heal.

Planting Potatoes Meanwhile, back in the garden, I tilled an area large enough to run five 50 foot rows. Prior to this, I had my soil tested and added the recommended 15-0-15 fertilizer. I planted the potatoes, cut side down, 3-5 inches deep and spaced them about 10-12 inches apart.

This should be enough ‘taters to feed me and Jane and all our friends and family.

Onions growing in a raised bedA few days ago, I planted some onions in one of our raised beds. In just about 30 days, these will be ready to enjoy as spring onions. I love them on a salad!

soil for a raised bedMy brother Jim and his wife Jean have their own 2 raised beds in our garden. They freshened up the soil in their beds to get them ready for planting.

Planting Potatoes and Early PeasTo the right of this arbor, we’ve planted 5 rows of Early Alaska peas and Sugar Snap peas. If all goes well, in about 90 days, we’ll be enjoying  Jane’s creamed garden peas and new potatoes recipe.

Planting Potatoes and PeasIt was great to get outside and get dirty again.

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paula howell February 12, 2013 at 5:02 pm

You could never have done it without Lucy’s help!


Gail Gambrell February 12, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I believe I love Lucy!


Dawn February 12, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Leo, I am so envious we still have snow on the ground. Our planting season starts early June. Your garden looks so good, and you are going to have lots of potatoes. I think I could smell the fresh turned soil in you photos, it’s always a welcoming smell to me. I can’t wait to see all the progress of everything growing. Great post, I sure enjoyed it:)


Dolly Sarrio February 12, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Those are going to be so good! There is nothing like those new potatoes and onions fresh out of the garden. Good post.


michelle February 13, 2013 at 3:06 am

I have my potatoes, carrots and onions planted. I do have straw on top of them. It still cold at night here. I am so looking forward to getting back in my garden.


Rebecca February 13, 2013 at 6:42 am

I needed this post LEO! Thank you! I’m a new gardener and still trying to figure it all out. I am now trying to re-work what I plant in each bed this spring. I crowded out many of my items and only a few things did well. Love these posts! : ) Rebecca


LindaLee February 13, 2013 at 10:15 am

Hubby put in some early Alaska peas just a few days ago and they’re coming up now. I love the yellow Jasmine and I have some in our yard as well. Beautiful bright yellow. We’re hoping to get in a few more raised beds this year.

Love coming here to visit.

LindaLee from
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Terri February 13, 2013 at 11:08 am

Absolutely NOTHING like FRESH VEGGIES from the garden!!! the jasmine is just gorgeous!!!!! It actually feels like early summer here in Florida !!! :)


Stacey February 13, 2013 at 11:19 am

Leo, I don’t plant veggies but I do love plants and flowers. Can’t wait to get out there. It’s almost time here in the Dallas area.


Robyn February 13, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Yum yum……love tators, onions and Peas!!! Just need a little cornbread!


Jean Windham February 13, 2013 at 7:28 pm

I enjoy so much reading these posts about planting as it brings back so many memories. I bet it is nice to get back outside and work in your garden. Thanks for sharing your tips and all you are learning as you go. Jean


Anne@DesignDreams February 13, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Aww Lucy is so cute!!! Good luck with your potatoes. Thankfully, the potato growing stage of my life is over now. So much work and the deer kept mowing down the tops every chance they got so the potatoes didn’t grow… sigh.

Have a great end-of-the-week!


Sharon February 14, 2013 at 12:38 am

I love yellow jessamine. I’ve admired it for years and really need to get some for my garden. I love looking at the tilled earth…so fresh and full of possibility! Can’t wait to see the potatoes.
I’m planning to get outside these next couple of days and start tidying up my garden beds and planning for my backyard. So exciting! I LOVE this time of year.


Shirley@Housepitality Designs February 14, 2013 at 8:26 am

I am so happy to see you starting your garden…I would love to have a garden, but I just have to live vicariously through yours!….the yellow jasmine is so beautiful on the arbor…I have confederate jasmine that is not doing so great…I may need to switch it out that that gorgeous yellow!!….


JoAnn @ SweetPepperRose February 19, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Thanks for all of these pics of your fence. We gotta do that to keep the deer and rabbits out. We love Cream 40 peas, but so do they!! and Sunflowers. I haven’t been able to have any for many years. Sweet pup!


Carol February 25, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Oh, you give me that “garden planting bug,” but we are still having very chilly weather — I know, crazy for AZ! We are hoping to get some planting done in another couple of weeks. I really like your rainbow of painted buckets. Great way to recycle those. Happy gardening, Leo!


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