the problem with mid atlantic potatoes

By: georgevandenberghe , 6:37 PM GMT on July 16, 2013

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It's been the best year in several years for potatoes which are favored by warm mid spring and cool early summer weather. We got the first half but not the second but compared with the blazing heat of the previous few Junes it was "better"

I am expecting over 50 pounds from an 8x12 patch planted in late April. But the rub
is potatoes are ready to dig in July here.

Yeah July, season of 90+ with 70+ dewpoints. Just the conditions to do backbreaking digging.

And I want to get to it because there is still time to get squash, sweetcorn or beans in. Even well started sweet potatoes might crop though that's iffy this late. Backbreaking sweet potato harvest happens in October.. much better digging weather.



Fall potatoes go in in a month but finding
seed potatoes is tough that time of year and some years mites are devastating.

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1:58 PM GMT on July 22, 2013
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2. georgevandenberghe
8:46 PM GMT on July 16, 2013
As far as I am concerned squirrels and deer are vermin.

My peaches never make it to maturity because of these bushy tailed tree rats. They also eat tulips and dig up and disrupt seedlings and transplants in soft soil. Hard clay foils them but the seedlings don't like it either. And they just found my cherry tomatoes yesterday.

It is humorous to see my black labs see a squirrel 100 feet up in a tree and then stand on their hind legs like that might actually help.
(well only 97 feet now!)

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1. Astrometeor
6:51 PM GMT on July 16, 2013
Nice, my mother is experimenting with potatoes here in middle Tennessee.

We have two pear trees and an apple tree, and all of the fruit was growing well, until last week, when the apple tree fell ill (yellow splotches on leaves) and then I think the squirrels stole all of the fruit. Why can't those things eat the hundreds of acorns that accumulate every year? -_- Two green pepper plants are doing well, and we have one tomato plant producing now in one of those upside-down containers. Mother is also tending to some new blackberry vines, making sure they don't overgrow themselves. We used to have a good bush, but she thinks it died when she sprayed the area for poison ivy...
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