For those of you that are North Texas Neighbors; It is almost time to plant potatoes! I have mine starting in the darkness of my hall closet; Just waiting till love is in the air to plant. It helps my overloaded brain to pair these planting dates with holidays. Remember I have 3 teenagers in my home right now so I need all the mental helps I can get! Potatoes should be planted by Valentine’s Day here in Dallas Texas(zone 8A). So my loving spouse might find me on my knees planting potatoes the day before Valentine’s Day. Or perhaps, on the very day of that special romantic holiday. (I never put things off. No, not me!) Call me crazy, but I think it is very romantic to spend time together in the garden. I am not at all sure my love feels the same way;)
If you haven’t started your potaoes yet, then go to your local feed store(Roach Feed and Seed in Garland for me) or your natural grocer. You want to be sure to buy organically grown potatoes because most potatoes are sprayed with a sprouting inhibitor(chlorpropham or maleic hydrazide) You don’t want any of this sprayed on your potatoes because you want them to sprout and grow more potatoes!
Sadly, I don’t have room in my garden for potatoes this year!(Last year I grew my potatoes at the community garden, but this year I gave up my plot to bless another gardener) If you have room in your garden see my article Time to Plant Potatoes in North Texas, While Love is in the Air!
However I overheard my teen boys talking the other day. The conversation went something like this….
“Boy, my matabolism is running so fast that as soon as I finish eating a meal I start feeling hungry again!” To which his brother agrees. “Yeah, the time it takes to fix a meal I am starving afterwards!”
Carbs and a lot of them is what I need! Let me just drop one phrase in your lap… GLUTEN FREE. Yes, I am blessed and cursed with a son who eats a lot of carbs and is GLUTEN FREE. It is a real thing! He goes through all kinds of intestinal discomfort if he ingests even a kernel of wheat. The answer my friends is potatoes!
This is the first year I am going to grow my potatoes in containers. Here is a link to a video of container grown potatoes that inspired me: https://youtu.be/ThePQs6kDpo
Follow along with me and see how it goes. At this point I have my potatoes sprouting in egg cartons in my closet and I am trying to score as many 5 gallon buckets as I can get. I am a little concerned about how 20-5 gallon buckets will look in my front yard garden?!? Sometimes I really wish I could garden in my backyard! I am blessed with lots of shade in my backyard, which my animals are sooo thankful for. So in the front yard garden it is. I will do a video of every step of my new potato planting adventure. For right now get your potatoes started in a dark closet and shout with me, “FOOD NOT LAWNS!” and hug your gluten free carb eaters!