Apparently, in long-summer climates, you can grow potatoes twice in one year if you’re clever. I heard that somewhere, but I can’t remember where.
All the data I’ve read on Florida says “NO! YOU CAN ONLY GROW POTATOES ONCE! IN SPRING, WITH A SWING! ON A TRAIN, IN THE RAIN!”
But hey… I’ve got some potatoes with eyes… I’ve got some dirt… and the summer is creeping towards fall. I’m going to plant potatoes in a few weeks and see what happens.
A few weeks ago, somebody gave us piles and piles of “expired” produce from a local grocery store. Some of the food was good – some wasn’t. The bad stuff went to the chickens and the compost… the good stuff we ate… and out of the potatoes, I picked the ones with the most eyes and put them on my windowsill. See those poor things? They want to grow! Who am I to deny them?
In other news, have you ever seen an industrial potato growing operation?
This is the furthest thing from my own homestead, but I’m still impressed as heck:
Wild, eh? Wonder if they keep cropping on that same ground year after year…
Giant machines aside, has anyone ever tried getting a second crop of taters here in Florida?
I’ll let you know how my experiment goes.
UPDATE: If you want to know how to grow grocery store potatoes without worrying about sprout inhibitors, check this out: