My 3 year old daughter likes blue or purple potatoes. They are just a fun potatoes with their unique color skin and flesh. So when I was selecting what varieties of potatoes to grow in my garden this year, I wanted to get some blue or purple potatoes. I found Adirondack Blue for sale at a local garden store.
When to Plant
You can plant these once the danger of heavy frost is over. You don't want the ground to freeze up again after planting. But potatoes can handle a light frost. Plus you want to plant them as early as you can because as the season goes on the chance of disease increases.
Early, Mid, or Late Variety?
Potatoes are categorized as either early, mid, or late season types. This indicates how long they take to grow and when in the season they will be ready. I choose one of each variety. Adirondack Blue potatoes are an early-season variety.
Starting Seed Potatoes
Like I said previously, I bought my Adirondack Blue potatoes from a local garden store. Never use potatoes you buy from the grocery store. They have not be tested for diseases and often they have been sprayed to slow growth of eyes. Look for potatoes that are around the size of a chicken egg. Bigger ones can be cut in half. Store the potatoes in a cool, dry place until you are ready to plant.
I planted my potatoes in early May. I got a delayed start because we got a lot of rain this spring and I need to expand my garden to make room for them. I expect the harvest to begin sometime in early to mid July, depending on the weather.
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