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Old 11-12-2009, 01:51 AM   #41
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My garage never freezes because... it's got supplemental heat. We work out there and I over winter some plants in it. Most of the time it stays in the 40's but it's not allowed to go below 38°. Hay and straw I can get my hands on no problem. I do do sew and I've got all kinds of things to make bags out of. The hay would work better. I can toss the hay in a bin and toss in the potatoes. Question for you would be why maple leaves instead of oak or something else.
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Old 06-17-2010, 02:15 AM   #42
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"Try one of the yellows like Carola, Valisa, or German Butterball; if you're adventurous, try Royal Burgundy - some people find the blue flesh off-putting, but the flavor is great, and they hold up well in stews and the like." I was able to buy the German Butterball. I never could find the Royal Burgundy. Is it possible that's the wrong name for it and maybe it's called 'Highland Red Burgundy'? Either way.... I can't find a source for either of them and I'd like to pre-order the Royal Burgundy.
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Old 06-17-2010, 05:47 AM   #43
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"Try one of the yellows like Carola, Valisa, or German Butterball; if you're adventurous, try Royal Burgundy - some people find the blue flesh off-putting, but the flavor is great, and they hold up well in stews and the like." I was able to buy the German Butterball. I never could find the Royal Burgundy. Is it possible that's the wrong name for it and maybe it's called 'Highland Red Burgundy'? Either way.... I can't find a source for either of them and I'd like to pre-order the Royal Burgundy.
For some reason, Royal Burgundy seems to have fallen from its perch. I suggest trying Purple Majesty, available from Ronniger Potato Farm LLC (Welcome to Ronniger Potato Farm LLC) and Irish Eyes Garden Seeds (Irish Eyes Garden Seeds), or "Adirondack Blue from Pinetree Garden Seeds (https://www.superseeds.com/).

We enjoyed the first new potatoes of the year (Carolas) last night, along with freshly hulled peas...
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Old 06-17-2010, 09:00 PM   #44
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Suunto, my potato experiment failed again. I'd like to take another whack, and wonder if you've had any luck with a July planting?
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Old 06-18-2010, 05:34 AM   #45
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Suunto, my potato experiment failed again. I'd like to take another whack, and wonder if you've had any luck with a July planting?
I've never tried planting that late; all I can tell you is that I've never had much luck with planting after the end of May. Any ideas as to why your planting failed this year? Did you try consulting with your county agricultural extension service office?
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Old 06-18-2010, 08:00 AM   #46
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Yes, failed due to lack of attention. Plants are doing fine I just wasn't able to cover them.

I keep trying to grow them vertically (tires, bags, straw bales, wire cylinders, etc.) and have cooked, starved, dried out, and generally made a mockery of the things.

This year I just wasn't able to keep covering them, when they were going to town.

I'm sure I'll get some, but not as much as I was hoping for. I'd like to just replant in a more conventional manner, but we'll see; the space may be given over to something more suited for something for fall.
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:00 PM   #47
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The garden I have now is a first-year garden. I tilled it a couple of times before I put the potatoes in. It didn't do great, but I did get a decent sized potato or 2 from each plant and some seed potatoes for the fall crop.
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