Thursday, April 14, 2011
Looking at this picture, you may wonder whether or not this is some sort of alien experiment gone terribly wrong, but alas it's just what's left of last year's potatoes, which started sprouting in the basement back in January. The All Blue potatoes I grew last summer were so pretty when sliced open. When I placed an order for seed potatoes a couple months ago, I was really disappointed to learn that Moose Tubers wasn't offering them this year. This past weekend, I rummaged through this mess to see if there were any potatoes worth salvaging to plant in the garden. But in the end, I decided against it and chucked them all into the compost bin.
My seed potatoes arrived in the mail yesterday. I ended up choosing another blue-fleshed variety called "Adirondack Blue". I also ordered an early blushed-red variety called "Augusta" but unfortunately there must have been an issue with this variety as the company sent me Yukon Gold potatoes in its place. I have to admit that that I'm rather disappointed because of this.
Next year, I think I'll forgo purchasing mail-order seed potatoes. I was at our local feed store this past weekend and noticed that they had some All Blue, All Red and Kennebec potatoes (among others) for sale at a reasonable price. Sure they cost more per pound but then again, you don't have to pay the hefty shipping and handling costs. I may have to swing back this weekend just to get a few.