What is going on everyone welcome to another very exciting episode right here on me on my gardener Channel it is such a beautiful day out it’s a crisp fall day there’s a noticeable chill in the air if you can see my breath but there’s also frost everywhere except for in the garden where the Sun is hitting so it’s cold but we’re out here and it’s warm because we’re in the Sun and I am just having a great day I brought you out here today to talk about a revolutionary new way of planting potatoes that isn’t anything we’ve come up with it’s actually something that’s been done for hundreds and hundreds of years and I just don’t see it done enough and it’s something that we’re going to start implementing here on the channel because of the fact that we only typically plant potatoes one time a year but we have a crop that will overwinter and actually produce when it comes out of dormancy much earlier than if we planted it in the spring this is called winter planting potatoes.
Now this has been done for first centuries by the Irish who have a very similar growing season to us here in Michigan and we’re reading through some documents of how they did it and it’s really quite simple they just dig their potatoes they just plant the potatoes slightly deeper than you would in the spring and this basically adds an insulated barrier by the soil that keeps the potatoes fresh because so often what was found is that the the younger season potatoes that were harvested first would not make it they would not make it through cold storage long enough to last up until the the following spring when they would be planted so what they started doing was they actually started planting potatoes in the fall using the ground as cold storage and then what would happen is just like if you leave a potato in the ground for all of you they’ve grown potatoes you know what I’m talking about you might slice a potato in half and leave a little bit or you might just forget a tiny little teeny tiny little potato in the ground next year those all grow back and there’s no coincidence that this method is super successful because of that exact reason these potatoes here when sitting in the ground will stay dormant until the weather warms up then they’ll grow eyes just like they would normally and then they’ll grow and mature.
So it’s just a mindset thing that we have to take this amazing vegetable and turn it into a perennial rather than an annual because if you do that you can have a much more prolonged harvest so what we’re gonna be doing is called winter winter sowing potatoes and this is going to basically allow us to plant a small crop of potatoes that will be mature in around early June and then we will plant in the spring a larger larger planting of potatoes they will then be ready to harvest in about September early October meaning that we’re going to have potatoes much longer throughout the season we’ll have much less waste because our the amount of potatoes were going to be growing is going to be splitting split up into half so instead of getting 200 pounds of potatoes all in the fall we’re going to get maybe about 50 pounds of potatoes in early summer and maybe a hundred and 50 pounds of potatoes in the fall which will last us much longer into cold storage and then some will be planted out for the following that following winter for the next year so I just really love this idea and I absolutely am so happy that I came across it and really decided to give it a shot so come on come on with me here we’re gonna plant up the potatoes.
It’s really it’s just super super simple alrighty so we’ve got our bed here that we’re going to plant potatoes out next year in and what we’re going to do is we’re going to instead of so we’re starting to dig our trench like we would normally the soil is so incredible it’s so dark and so rich so instead of digging our trench like we would normally we’re going to dig it just a slightly revenge to get slightly deeper because potatoes are a tuber well we don’t want them to do is we don’t want them to freeze if they freeze they’ll become soft it’s one of the problems that was that was discovered early on with winter sowing but because potatoes if they freeze they’ll turn to mush and if they turn to mush they will not sprout so during really cold winters this is what caused them to not have a harvest next year so what we’re going to do and just came across the sweet potato they’re super easy the are not in the same family as potatoes in case you’re wondering so this crop rotation will not this crop rotation will be completely fine a lot of people are worried about sweet potatoes and potatoes they’re in a completely different family.
So not a problem there but what we want to do is we want to bury them just a little bit deeper than we would normally so that so that the potatoes have a little extra insulation and that’s really it there’s not a whole lot more to winter sowing potatoes then than that and so all we’re going to do is simply like we would normally take our potato and place it in the ground there we go and that’s all you have to do then we’re gonna backfill this and I’m gonna continue planting out this bed I’ve got a few more red potatoes a few more red potatoes and we’re gonna give this method a shot with about about 10-12 square feet and that’s all we’re gonna try for this year if it works out really really well like I expect it will then we’ll convert over a half a bed to winter sowing potatoes and then a half a bed to summer sowing potatoes.
Now because we added so much soil on top these will take a little longer to poke through the soil one of the things that that we notice in the spring is that you don’t quite notice the potatoes ever even being there until stuff is really up and growing so don’t be don’t be surprised if you take a little while to come up through the soil it takes a lot of energy to push through that much soil there but they will and that’s also why you plants slightly larger potatoes you see these potatoes here these potatoes are a little bit larger than what we would normally use for seed potatoes but because the potato is actually starts to carbohydrate source that the plant uses for energy for the following year you want to make sure that the the potatoes are larger because if there’s not enough energy for the plant to push through that soil it’s not going to survive it’s not gonna be able to push through all that soil there and it’s going to stop just short of reaching the sunlight so just a little bit larger potato is gonna help you to have a little bit better success so there you go there is a winter storm potatoes really simple really quick to do and just something that I think is not discussed enough with the gardening community so share this with your friends really get this information out there I would love to see more people grow more food and it’s how easier time doing it one of the biggest things that I think is so nice about this method in particular not only do you get an earlier harvest but you also don’t have to wait for the ground to thaw in the spring I mean I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to get out there I see warm weather coming and the warm weather is here and then the soil 6-8 inches down under the beds are still frozen it really just frustrates me because it’s like I’d like to get my potatoes planted because you can plant potatoes three weeks up to three weeks before your last frost date but so often at that time in Michigan there’s still you know permafrost the beds are still frozen you really just can’t do a whole lot so this method is really great for that and and just helps you to get the the potatoes in the ground when the beds are still thawed and workable and and it’s just a great all-around method so I love it.
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