growing potatoes organically: when and how to plant, hill and harvest

growing potatoes organically: when and how to plant, hill and harvest

hilled potato plants in raised bed

Many companies ship extra-early, based on rough frost-date estimates for each area that may not be exactly what’s going on at your place, but is that really when I want the starts to arrive? I asked for advice from Alley Swiss of Filaree Garlic Farm, a longtime certified-organic farmer in Okanogun, Washington, whose main crops—garlic, shallots and potatoes—are favorites in my garden, too.

Alley answered questions like whether to cut up any large seed potatoes before planting; how deep to plant; how to know when potatoes are ready to harvest, and more.

(You might recall the popular garlic-growing Q&A we did together last year; I’ve learned a lot from our ongoing conversations–including that it’s OK to wait a little while for the seed potatoes to arrive.)

potatoes dug from the gardenPotatoes hilled a second time, with strawFresh-dug early red-skinned potatoesorganic seed potatoes at Filaree Farm

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