Last-Minute Potato Planting
I bought five varieties of seed potato months ago but have been too busy to plant them. This actually worked out well because while they sat in their open brown paper bags on my window sill, they developed great shoots from their eyes.
I cut them up into pieces, ensuring that each piece had an eye or two on it. Then I let the cuts “heal” overnight on our kitchen counter.
Last night, working quickly before the sun set and the rains blew in, I dug 3” holes for my spuds and dropped them in, eyes up. Technically you’re supposed to plant them 12” apart in rows that are 20” - 36” apart, but everything I grow is planted in higher density than that and I’ve enjoyed bountiful returns.
When I have time I’ll mulch with straw to protect new shoots from late frosts. The straw will also keep the soil evenly moist during hot summer months.