Melinda, over at One Green Generation was kind enough to explain the chitting potato process the other day. I bought two types of potato seeds this year, Yukon Gold and All Blue. They are organic and from a farm called Irish Eyes, just over in Eastern Washington. So, I consider them to be both local and organic.
I was hoping to plant them this weekend (as per traditional St. Patty's Day potato action), but it's been so darn cold and freezing that I think I'm going to wait a week or two, not just to give them a better chance of not freezing to death, but also to give me a better chance of not freezing to death while planting them.
This will be the third year I've grown potatoes. Okay, actually last year, I didn't plant any new potatoes, I just left what was in there from the previous year and they still grew a few. But, this year, I'm going to do it right again and plant and hill them in my plastique bins and hope for a bumper crop. The first year we had more potatoes than we could eat. But, the take home lesson with potatoes is that they are dirt easy to grow.
How about you? Have you grown taters before and will you do so this year?