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Marty ‘Digs’ Potatoes!

I had to wait until it turned hot and dry to dig my potatoes. With a June’s record rainfall, the potatoes at the Acre really did well this year. At least the plant part grew well. Typically, I find myself checking the status of the potatoes under ground, I didn’t this year. One thing I did a better job of this year was diligently keeping the soil mounded up on the lower portion of the plant as it grew. Digging through the mound is much easier than digging down into the soil. Along with drip tape on the mound and good rainfall, the potatoes looked great.

One thing I do know, is that it can get too hot for the plants in the summer. The plants started to yellow so yesterday I though it best to see what potatoes had formed. First cutting back the foliage and tossing it aside, then using a digging fork I found the nicest potatoes that I’d ever grown. Sweet! Getting almost a pound per plant, I would soon have at my best guess, 75 lbs of new Yukon Gold potatoes.

potatoes

Well it got hot yesterday and I got maybe 40′ dug, but they will stay nice for a few days until I get back to them.

My plan for the mound worked nicely, and this is where I’ll be putting in my fall planting of cole crops – broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and kale transplants. Also root crops such as radishes, turnips, beets can be planted soon.

I hope your Acre is doing well. If we can get through this hot spell, the cooler days of September are just around the corner.

Don’t forget, DOTA will be the second Monday of each month. Join us August 11th at the Acre. Also, if you haven’t heard…we’re back on the radio! Tune into KQAM 1480AM on during the Monday afternoon drive for Monday’s with Marty.

Happy Gardening!
Marty Johnson

  • Mary Ann

    Marty, do you start fall gardens with seed or plants started indoors?

    • martysacre

      Hi Mary Ann,
      Sorry for the delay… We started many of our fall crops by seeds in our greenhouse in
      July. Its easy to do, but i would go with transplants on broccoli and
      cabbage. Others such as lettuce, radishes can be planted successfully
      by seed now.
      Good luck!
      Marty

  • Melody Everhart

    Hi, Marty, I want to grow ornamental gourds and Indian Corn. How do i do that and where do I find what I need? I haven’t seen anything at your centers.

    • kristen

      Hi Melody,
      Sorry for the delay…In the past we have had a pretty good selection of both ornamental gourds and indian corn. we are in the process of ordering our seed racks for 2015, in fact we do have a few of next seasons in stock now. The majority will be in around January 1st.
      Thanks! Marty

    • martysacre

      Hi Melody,
      Sorry for the delay…In the past we have had a pretty good selection of both ornamental
      gourds and Indian corn. We are in the process of ordering our seed
      racks for 2015, in fact we do have a few of next seasons in stock now.
      The majority will be in around January 1st.
      Thanks,
      Marty