In mid-April, I followed the instructions in the book “Lasagna Gardening” for potatoes–laid down wet newspapers, placed seed potatoes on them, then covered with 10 inches of straw. However, I didn’t know I should “chit” them first–I did all this the minute the seed potatoes arrived in the mail.
I just knew they were rotting, so yesterday I lifted a bit of straw to look. Found a potato with a 5-inch (estimated) shoot coming up, so covered it carefully up again. I did notice that it’s VERY damp under there.
It’s been a cool, wet spring here, and we’ve only had a handful of hot days. I think we are finally lurching into summer now. Is there hope for these potatoes? (I’m in zone 5a.)
I found three more potato plants yesterday evening. So apparently, the secret is to come to this forum and cry about my plants. ;-)
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.