meteorologist and avid veggie gardener
By: georgevandenberghe , 6:37 PM GMT on July 16, 2013
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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