NEWLY SPROUTED POTATO SEEDLING

For the benefit of new vegetable gardeners who are planting potatoes for the first time, this is what they look like when they pop out of the ground.

My Siamese cat’s foot is in the upper left corner of the photo to demonstrate that these are newly sprouted potatoes, just barely an inch out of the ground.

One bag of Yukon gold seed potatoes from Wal-Mart will plant three-quarters of a 50 foot row. Planted March 15, they will be ready to harvest in 90 days.

Yukon Gold potato seedling
Yukon Gold potato seedling
Photo taken March 29, 2016

Tater Update

 

Ethyl, them taters done sprouted! It’s been two weeks since me, Evie, Shorty and Shorty’s 6-year-old daughter, Leyah, planted them Yukon Gold taters. I thought you’d like to see what a tater sprout looks like when it’s just barely out of the ground.

In the winter of 2011, I experimented with growing some potato eyes on a sliver of potato peel  given to me by Momma.  The peels were not in agreement with winter gardening. However, this spring, one of them, as you can see here, jumped up out of the dirt. In another couple of weeks, those baby tater sprouts will be about the same size (4 inches tall).