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Valentine’s Day Means Potatoes

by Stephanie Suesan Smith on February 13, 2012

What does Valentine’s Day have to do with potatoes?  February 14th is the day old timers in the North Central Texas  region plant their potatoes.  You can get detailed instructions for doing just that from my article on Growing Irish Potatoes.  Basically, you take seed potatoes, purchased from feed stores or on the internet, cut them into pieces that each contain an eye, or bud, and plant them.  Each seed potato makes about four or five chunks of potato with an eye.  Since you get several potatoes from each plant, a half pound of seed potatoes produces a lot of potatoes.  Be sure you buy certified disease free seed potatoes and don’t try to plant the potatoes sold as baking potatoes in grocery stores.  They are usually treated to keep them from sprouting and won’t grow well.  Happy Potato Planting, er, Valentine’s Day.

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