Potato Potatoh

Look. These things aren’t gonna plant themselves.


I must leave you early today so I can plant my potatoes. May 1st is traditionally the first day for putting in potatoes in these parts so I’m already behind.

For weeks I’ve been a walking filth bucket, what with the mini renovations going on and I need a day off from it. I need a day off from getting my hands dirty by spending the day getting my hands dirty. In a far more enjoyable way.

In case you’re interested in planting your own potatoes this year, here’s my post on How to Plant Potatoes.

This year I’m growing my favourite potato, the Kennebec, along with my other favourite, Red French Fingerlings. I’ll throw a few Russian Blues in for fun too. All of those cut into chunks and pan fried in a cast iron skillet with olive oil, butter and Herb de Provence and you have the makings of a delicious meal. Dinner’s at … 5 months from now.

Have a good weekend!



  1. Tracie says:

    Wonderful post! I love potatoes…..my faves are the Yukon golds…but I will have to try the fingerlings, they just look so delicious! I wish I had room for a garden, sigh…..

  2. Amie Mason says:

    Yum. I’ve just planted Ruby Lous, Black Congos and Royal Blues (there’s a theme here…). They are going nuts. I’ve also found some kipflers coming up from last years crop. Yay Potatoes, best carbs ever!

  3. Kimberley says:

    Enjoy your day off planting!

  4. Laura Bee says:

    Friday is a great day to skip work. Enjoy!
    I have the day off & intend to spend most of it in the yard. Whether or not I actually do some work there is still to be discovered. If I can teach my two year old to use a shovel…

  5. Ann says:

    Jealous. We can’t grow potatoes here that well due to the heat and bugs. Now sweet potatoes we can grow. Big as footballs they were this year. And once I found that storing them under the bed in boxes in a spare bedroom that stays cool but not cold, they stayed perfect thru out the entire winter . We are now finishing up the few that are left.

    You deserve a day off. I have been working outside nonstop for days. It is supposed to start raining this evening and not stop til late Sunday. So I have knitting and movies stockpiled and ready to go!!

  6. gogothrift@etsy.com says:

    Mini Renovation???? Mini Renovation???
    Are you kidding. Id hate to see your idea of a major overhaul 🙂

  7. Reg says:

    Ahem: Those aren’t mini renovations young lady, those are pretty major to most fumbling DIYers. But I can appreciate wanting a change of scene. Today is going to be a beautiful day in these parts, so go, dig, plant and give the chickens a wee pat for comfort.

  8. Ella says:

    Thanks for the reminder. Now, I’ll get my taters in this weekend instead of in two weeks! Enjoy the sun and fresh air.

  9. Jeannie B says:

    It’s a beautiful day for planting your potatoes Karen. They’ll be delicious in the Fall. Have you ever grown potatoes in a barrel? It works well. My father in law used to call the company that you bought your seed potatoes from, as, “William’s Damn Seeds”. I’m glad to see they’re still in business.And, a minor bathroom renovation, to me, is like, a new replacement handle on the toilet. We just had a minor renovation here.

    • Karen says:

      I’ve grown potatoes in baskets. They didn’t do great, but that was my fault for packing my straw too tightly. My fault entirely. Barrels, pots and baskets are the best way to grow em ’cause you never have to worry about cutting a potato in half with a shovel while digging them up! Just dump them out and you’re done. ~ karen!

    • Linda S says:

      A minor bathroom renovation at our house is when someone puts in a new roll of toilet paper!! We dance for days!!

  10. mothership says:

    Hello- I was re reading your post on how to plant potatoes- & at the bottom you mentioned you were experimenting with all the different methods- I am wondering how that experiment came out? Please- do tell!!!!

  11. Langela says:

    Five months?!? They were almost ready when I put them in the ground the other day. Surely I can eat them sooner than that, right? Right!?! Fine, I’ll wait.

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