I 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.
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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.
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.
To 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.
“Don’t you think so, Lucy?”
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