Vegetable Garden: Growing Cool-Season Vegetables
By: Julie Day
Cool-Season Vegetable #9: Potatoes
Technically known as tubers, potatoes are planted 2-4 weeks before the last frost in the spring. They are planted from “seed potatoes,” which are pieces of potato that contain at least one “eye” or sprouting bud. They like loose, well-drained soil with plenty of potassium, along with consistent moisture.
Potatoes are semi-hardy and should be protected from a hard freeze. Mulch potatoes for insulation and to protect the tubers from sunlight, which causes them to turn green (and toxic!).