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when to plant..?

Posted by nanna8 East TN (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 29, 08 at 2:31

A newbie to the forums, but could someone tell me when I can plant potatoes in Southeast TN (halfway between Knoxville and Chattanooga, right off I-75) I remember as a child my dad out in the garden in February planting potatoes and covering them with straw and mulch, but wonder if they won't rot in the cold ground. waited last year until ground was warm, had a couple of good rains then nada and a very pitiful crop. Garden is mulched, have plenty of mulch and cardboard to add. Seems like I remember dad always sprinkled his cut seed potatoes with lime and let them dry out a day or two before planting. Is this the way to go..and how early? What else can be planted now? Would like to get ahead of the summer drought (as predicted). Temp tonight is 38, last night in the low 20s. Thanks for any advice

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RE: when to plant..?

  • Posted by brandon7 6b (like 7b now) TN (My Page) on
    Fri, Feb 29, 08 at 8:55

The UT Agricultural Extension recommends planting Irish Potatoes anytime in March (see link below). Hey, that's tomorrow!

There's a lot of gardening info at the UT Ag. Ext. Site:

Maybe what your dad put on the potatoes was some type of fungicide. You should at least let the cut surfaces heal over for a day or two before planting to reduce the chance of rot. Here's one of many helpful links you can find on the internet by Googling "growing Irish potatoes":

Here is a link that might be useful: UT Ag Ext's Guide to Spring-Planted, Cool-Season Vegetables

RE: when to plant..?

Thanks for the link...lots of good info there. Am going to cut potatoes tonight and wait for the rain to stop and a rare, warm sunny day/ Thanks again.

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