Since they're well suited to growing in cooler climates, potatoes are the perfect crop for northern gardens. They tolerate a variety of soil types, and produce reliably with little effort. My grandfather tells stories of spending his childhood tending the family potato field during the great depression. They grew an acre in nothing but potatoes, and the resulting harvest saw them through a entire year until the next crop went in. You'd think that after spending years eating potatoes every day, he'd never want to look at them again, but they're still a staple in his diet. Maybe I come by my love of spuds honestly.
Nowadays, there are so many interesting varieties that it can be difficult to know what to grow. I knew that I would definitely be planting my favorite Yukon Golds and Red Chieftans again (which I'm sprouting and planting this year from potatoes that I originally bought for cooking), but I also wanted to try something new. That's when I discovered Eagle Creek Seed Potatoes. Their website is packed with a bevy of gorgeous potato varieties, and I spent days drooling over the selection before settling on a final order (which ended up being much larger than originally planned). The beauty of their site is that you can order small amounts of many different kinds of potatoes, making it easy to experiment.
"Chitting" seed potatoes.
These are the varieties that I finally settled on (all "foursomes"):
-All Red (2 packages, because I'm intrigued by the idea of pink mashed potatoes)
The garden is now completely grass-free and ready to go, but we've got a stretch of rainy weather to get through before planting these babies outside. I can't wait to see if this bunch will produce a new family favorite.
Is there a potato variety that your garden would be incomplete without?