As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm focusing on fewer plant varieties this year to simplify life and to get better at growing those few varieties. That doesn't mean things are going to be boring, as I'm growing 2 varieties of potatoes from Potato Garden: 5 pound of Purple Viking and 5 pounds of Red Lasoda.
I highly recommend Potato Garden as a source of seed potatoes, as their potatoes are certified by the State of Colorado to be disease free or in the process of being certified. Though the potatoes are certified "Naturally Grown", they are all produced using the same philosophy and methods as contained in the Certified Organic Program.
There is a helpful section at the bottom of their main page that helps you figure out how many pounds of seed potatoes you need to order for your garden and what your yield should be per pound.
When a customer places an order, they are asked to indicate what week they would like the potatoes to ship. I chose late March, as I want to get a head start on potato growing this year. Last year, my order included instruction on how to plant and care for the seed potatoes. Following their instructions, I successfully grew a few potato plants. Unfortunately, the potatoes became contaminated when my landlord sprayed them with RoundUp, a potent herbicide, so i was not able to taste the fruits of my labor. This year will be different! I'm not planting anywhere close to where RoundUp will be sprayed.
Is anyone else planning to plant potatoes this year? What varieties have you enjoyed in the past?
Disclosure: I was not contacted by Potato Garden to promote their website, nor was I compensated in any way. I just love their seed potatoes!