m_taggart(7b)February 27, 2014

Is anyone planting them yet? I'm in the triangle and getting antsy. I have a new raised bed that had winter pea and annual rye grass that I've turned under and I'm thinking of covering that bed with clear plastic to try to warm it up a bit faster. What do you think? Still too early?

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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

Yup, still too early. You could try putting your potatoes to grow in a half barrel, maybe. Something you could put outdoors for warmer days and rain and then pull indoors when we still get the ice and frost and really cold nights.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 11:36AM
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"Not so 'slow'" dottie; actually today is the first day for potato planting in the triangle. Most of the time I forget that it is so soon and by the time I get to my garden supplier, they are gone. btw, already technically too late for peas.

Here is a link that might be useful: Piedmont planting guide

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 8:00AM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

Don't know..given all the volcanic activity this past several months we may have a March winter and a cold April like in 2011.
Every potato in my pantry is well sprouted but without leaf.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 12:33PM
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shazaam(NC 7B)

I'm just north of Charlotte, and I'll be planting potatoes Wednesday. I'd planned to plant yesterday, but I decided to delay because of the cold snap that's coming tonight. I've gotten into the habit of planting early potatoes (usually Red Norland) at about this time every year, and so far I haven't regretted it. That could always change, but I'll risk it given how quickly it heats up here once April and May arrive. As added insurance, I do plant under lightweight rowcovers, which gives me a few extra degrees on the chilliest of nights.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2014 at 11:46AM
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Shazaam, when do you end up harvesting?

    Bookmark   March 3, 2014 at 1:47PM
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shazaam(NC 7B)

Early to mid June.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2014 at 5:01PM
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How did it go this year, Shazam? I just ordered some Carola and Chieftan seed potatoes from Maine potato lady. Supposedly they ship late March but I added a note requesting early March shipment, we'll see how that goes. This will be my first time planting potatoes but I'm not new to gardening.

I have three veg garden lots; one with 6.2 pH, one with 6.7 pH, and one at 7.5 pH. I'm electing to plant spuds in the 6.2 from what I've read, they like the lower pH. The only thing is, the 6.2 garden is not a raised bed. Do you plant in a raised bed? Just curious.
Thomis, north Durham, NC

    Bookmark   December 19, 2014 at 9:43AM
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