Great article on what to do during the winter months. Did not realize how busy I could keep myself with gardening in December!
https://www.emmitsburg.net/gardens/artic ... r_tips.htm
Only the unfortunate ones that live in climates that don't allow winter gardening due to snow and below freezing temperatures for months on end.WrightSam wrote:But some people stop working in their garden during winter.
That's exactly what most of them do. They own snowmobiles and run the trails, especially my friends up in Canada that are snowbound for months on end. They also go ice fishing to pass time in those cold months.jal_ut wrote:Fall planting of potatoes doesn't work here. The ground freezes down about 8 to 12 inches deep, and freezing ground means dead spoiled potatoes.
"friends in the northern states go nuts in the winter with no gardening and the bikes in the garage for months on end. "
I planted potatoes once in the fall just as an experiment because I have so much trouble with trying to grow potatoes in TN in spring. I cut my potatoes into pieces with about 2 or 3 eyes and let them dry 2 days. I set the cut pieces on the soil surface 12" apart in a 25' row. I shoveled soil from each side covering the potatoes with about 2" of soil. As the tops grew taller and taller I shoveled more soil from the sides to cover the plants until seed potatoes were covered with 8" of soil. I covered the hill with straw, tops barley poked through the straw when we had a early frost and early cold winter. The potatoes never grew any more tops all winter. Spring came I kept waiting for tops to grow but none grew. I planted tomatoes in April, mid May soil was warm enough to plant the rest of the garden and still potatoes were doing nothing. Potatoes were in my way of planting the garden so they needed to be gone. I was very surprised to find a good crop of potatoes just waiting to be dug up. I posted that on this forum about 10 years ago. I will remember to try this again next season.applestar wrote:I'm SO glad you posted that link. I immediately recognized the header design as the website where I saw an article on planting potatoes in the fall for spring harvest. I wrote about it and posted the link here ages ago and have mentioned it several times since then, always apologizing that I could not find the link again. Yep, there it was, and here it is
https://www.emmitsburg.net/gardens/artic ... potato.htm
I tried some potatoes in some large containers this year. They really didn't do all that well, but I'm not well versed in container gardening. They do really well for me in the ground. Any potatoes I've ever planted make a bush, not a long vine like a sweet potato vine. I don't think I would eat regular potato leaves. I think you're right about that.imafan26 wrote:I only planted sweet potatoes before. What are the requirements for regular potatoes. Can I plant it in a large container? Do they crawl everywhere like sweet potatoes? I know I can eat sweet potato leaves but since potatoes are nightshades, the leaves aren't edible, right?
I want to have a piece of property big enough to actually need something like that to prepare my garden. But I'm getting a bit long in the tooth and can't see me living rural for at least another 5 years or so since the wife is still working and not close to retirement. But, one can wish.jal_ut wrote:My garden has about a foot of snow on it today and its still snowing. Guess when it quits, I can go start the Big Green and go clear the driveway.
This is what I mean by "Big Green"
60 HP John Deere doing tilling.
For snow removal we take off the tiller and put on a blade.