An Early Start for Potatoes in Your Survival Garden

Here’s a survival gardening experiment. Try planting a few potatoes earlier than usual this year by putting one potato in three or five gallon buckets of soil in a garage or basement where temps are well above freezing.

Make sure to provide light from a shop lamp or nearby sunny window.

Or perhaps you could start potatoes in grow bags. Roll the sides of the bags down until the potato plants grow and need more soil. Then you can gradually unroll the bag.. .

Potatoes grow best in cooler weather. If you can start them early in containers or bags indoors, you can move them outside when conditions are more favorable.

Do you think growing potatoes in the garden in winter is impossible? Consider the experience of one North Carolina grower described in this excerpt from Issue #48 of “Backwoods Home Magazine” from November/December, 1997.

To understand the author’s growing method, you’ll need to read the entire article by clicking the link below. Granted, if you follow his procedure, it’s best to start winter potatoes in the fall.

Plant your Irish potatoes
this fall or winter

By Robert L. Williams

My family has made a practice of planting Irish potatoes in the fall rather than in the early spring. We tried it both ways for many years and our conclusions are that, season after season, fall planting seems to work better for us.

Here’s an illustration: last spring we dutifully planted our potatoes in March, which is about as early as we can work the land successfully. We planted the spuds six inches deep, and then we waited.And waited. And waited.In April the first signs of growth appeared, and in the cool spring the plants grew, barely noticeably. When the really warm days of May arrived the potato plants put on a growth spurt that was truly gratifying.

Read the whole article here:

Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine. (541)247-8900.

Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.