CHITTING POTATOES

Say what?!?  Chitting potatoes? What’s that? Exactly my thoughts two years ago.

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It sounded so weird...and I even looked it up in the dictionary…CHIT…TO CHIT…CHITTING…nothing!!! {that made gardening sense}

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Whatever.  My gardening books say you should “chit“ potatoes before planting...

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which simply means to stand them upright in a warm and dark place with the eyes (buds) pointing upwards.

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Supposedly potatoes that have been chitted will grow much faster than unchitted ones after planting. OK…got that.

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Yesterday I bought some Yukon Gold and Norland Red potato “seeds” {oh here’s another term…seed potatoes…ones which have eyes growing}

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Last year I was able to buy smaller seed potatoes…this year some of them are huge...

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so I put them in egg cartons with spacing between them ‘cause they’re so big.

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I do need to mention that you can’t just buy regular potatoes at Safeway or wherever…stores treat potatoes with something to prevent eyes growing.  You will need to buy “seed” potatoes from a nursery or feed store.

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Here I’ve put my seed potatoes on the top of a freezer in the barn.  It’s warmish but not too dark. It should be dark.

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So I’ve put on a shade screen to keep them “darkish”…and they’ll be ready to plant in 2-4 weeks.  NIghty night potatoes.

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Flash back to last year…here is a photo from from May 2013 of my seed potatoes being planted in two 4 x 8 beds…and all summer I regretted the space they took up.  Many gardeners say not to even ever plant potatoes…’cause they’re cheap enough at the store.

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But IMHO...I wanna know how to grow 'em!

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This year {um...like in a few weeks} I’m gonna have Mr. Denim make two of these:

http://info.irisheyesgardenseeds.com/index.php/grow-100-lb-of-potatoes-4sqft

I’ll post soon about making them…and if they’re worth the effort. You never know until you do it!

Happy weekend!