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March 16, 2013

Seed Potatoes moved out to Garage

Filed under: Chef's Plot, potato — Tags: , — TopVeg @ 9:56 pm

The Chef has moved the seed potatoes, from the spare bedroom, out into the garage.

The Maris Bard seed potatoes have been on a tray in the spare bedroom since the beginning of February.  The room is very light and the potatoes are chitting.

seed potato chitting

seed potato chitting

But the chits will grow too long if left in the house and the garage is cooler.  The seed potatoes are near the garage window where they will get plenty of light.  The aim is to develop short, plump, strong chits that will help the potato get off to a quick start when they are planted in the ground.

marisbard-potato-chit-day

marisbard-potato-chit-21 days

The lower temperature in the garage will harden the seed potatoes off in preparation for planting.

The ground for the potatoes was covered with fleece the other day when the sun was out.  The sun had warmed the ground and the fleece will keep the frost out.  The Chef plans to plant the potatoes as soon as conditions allow.  That is when the cold weather has passed and spring seems to be on the way.  This should be in about two weeks.

The seed potatoes have been moved from the bedroom out into the garage, before reaching their planting spot in the newly dug up lawn!

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