Seed potatoes are arriving in Mid-February at Smith Farm Supply stores.
All locations will have Red Pontiac and White Kennebec varieties available. In addition to these varieties, the Royston location will have the Yukon Gold potatoes.
Characteristics of Potatoe Varieties
- Red Pontiac is a late-season variety with a round to oblong tubers with a dark red skin which may sometimes be netted. Tubers have medium to deep eyes, white flesh, and low specific gravity. The variety is widely adapted with high yield potential. Red Pontiac is grown primarily for fresh market use and, in eastern Canada for offshore seed export. Plants are large, slightly spreading with thick stems that are prominently angled. Nodes are slightly reddish purple, wings are prominent and double. Flowers are large, light purple with white tips.
- White Kennebec is a hefty potato with an ovate to oblong shape and stouted ends. Its thin skin is layered with tones of creamy white and tan with a soft ivory flesh. The skin’s texture is semi-rough and speckled with shallow eyes. Its flesh is firm and moist, yet starchy, making it a versatile potato for culinary use. Kennebec potatoes have a rich, earthy and nutty flavor when cooked.
- Yukon Gold is a medium to high yielding variety. Excellent storability. Long dormancy period. Plant these in your garden and you will have a goldmine of yellow-skinned, yellow-fleshed potatoes ready to harvest in 100 days. Potatoes are perfect for browning or your favorite recipe.
Getting the Ground Ready for Potatoes
Potatoes will grow in just about any well-drained soil, but they dislike soggy soil. Because they do all their growing underground, they can expand more easily in loose, loamy soil than in heavy, compacted, clay soil that keeps plant roots from getting the air and water they need.
Working With Your Soil
Heavy soils can dampen your potato-growing enthusiasm, but if you add organic matter (leaves, hay, peat-moss) to the soil, especially at planting time, you’ll be able to ease the hardship of tough earth. When worked into heavy soils with a shovel and rake or tiller, organic matter wedges itself between the tiny soil particles. It works to open up the soil, letting air and water circulate. If you have light, sandy soil that can’t hold water, organic matter also works to help the soil hold moisture better.
Work organic matter into the soil whenever you don’t have a crop growing: before the season gets underway, between crops, or after the harvest. Stockpile compost, leaves and grass clippings for these opportunities.
Source: National Gardening Association