Grown Your Own Potatoes
Potatoes grow pretty well in the Pacific Northwest. According to the 2017 USDA State Agricultural Review, Washington produced over $888 million of potatoes, making it the #1 cash crop statewide. Why not add some to your garden this season?
Fresh, home grown vegetables not only taste better, but they are nutritious and convenient. Cultivate these hardy, versatile tubers by planting organic, local seed potatoes. In general, the term “seed potatoes” can be a bit misleading. Although potato plants do set seed, they do not grow true to seed. Instead, potatoes reproduce from a re-planting of the actual potato. These pieces of potato are called “seed potatoes.”
Currently, the Co-op Garden Center sources over a dozen varieties of seed potatoes from local company Irish Eyes Garden Seeds, a small scale, family owned organic farm in Ellensburg. Varieties include, but are not limited to: Russet Burbank, Red Pontiac, Yellow Finn, German Butterball and Yukon Gold. Varieties available while supplies last.
It’s in the Eyes: Potato Planting Tips
An “eye” is a bud that grows into a new plant. If you’ve ever kept your potatoes in the cabinet too long, you’ve probably seen them sprout. If you want to cut seed potatoes before planting, cut them two days prior to planting.
Plant whole potatoes or pieces with multiple eyes, but in general: more eyes per piece can indicate more, but smaller potatoes. One or two eyes per piece can result in fewer, but larger potatoes and can be cut into pieces, as long as the pieces have at least one eye each. Read more at the Irish Eyes Potato Growing Guide.