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Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Apr 25, 2014 8:18 AM CST
Because I'm a new gardener, I'm a little confused about potatoes in the fall planting chart. It says you can direct sow potato seeds in Aug.- Sept. I can't find potato seeds, and if it means the potato itself, I would like to know where to get potatoes at that time. No company I deal with will ship them to me until March. If all of you save them from the summer crop, I've read on ATP, that is not as productive. Also, doesn't the cold kill them?
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Name: Duane Robinson
Kerrville, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Poohdaddy
Apr 25, 2014 11:26 AM CST
In your area, I would imagine that the only place that might have them for fall would be your local feed & farm store. Last year none of ours here in Huntsville had them for the fall because most people don't grow potatoes in the fall.

When you plant them for the fall, I think you need to give yourself around 100 days before you expect the first freeze.

Last year, I used some that I kept from my spring planting. Unfortunately, I think I planted too late and didn't have a very good yield. We will see how this year goes. Spring planted crop is doing very well at this time.
Name: woofie
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woofie
Apr 25, 2014 12:56 PM CST
For what it's worth, when we first moved here to this corner of the frozen northland, the previous owners had planted potatoes in their garden. We had potatoes coming up for at least two or three years in that area (they were yummy, too!). Not sure how they survived our winters, perhaps they were deep enough or the snow provided enough insulation?
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Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Apr 25, 2014 2:04 PM CST
It's amazing to me how if you try to do something, like keep potatoes alive through the winter, or use spring potatoes for the fall crop, it all dies. Or, has a disappointing output. But, your potatoes survived the snow.
No one around here sells anything produce wise for fall. I may save my small potatoes, and see if I can get something.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Apr 25, 2014 3:02 PM CST
I also wonder if the reason ours survived was that they lay undisturbed; these were just small ones that we missed when we dug up the other potatoes.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Apr 28, 2014 10:57 AM CST
I always miss a spud or two and get early and healthy volunteers in last year's bed. Makes me wonder if I should be planting in the fall, perhaps deeper than a spring planting.
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ckatNM
Apr 28, 2014 11:42 AM CST
Could be an interesting experiment to plant seed potatoes in the fall. I think I might be game to try them in a potato grow bag since I have a few that I have sweet potatoes growing in now. I won't be growing them once I harvest them in the fall, so I could put regular potatoes in one, to see if I have any luck. But, I think I'd have to try keeping them covered in plastic, just to prevent the leaves from freezing, which might stunt their growth and production.

I saw a youtube video once where someone planted regular potatoes under where they planted the sweet potato slips. It looked like it worked at harvest time. Although I don't recall if it yielded high quantities of regular potatoes. But wouldn't it be nice to have a few potatoes at the beginning of spring? Each year you would have potatoes and seed potatoes all year.
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