Thursday, March 8, 2012
chitting potatoes and other news
In preparation for planting my seed potatoes in a few weeks, I'm giving them a head-start by "chitting" or pre-sprouting them. I line crates with a bit of newspaper and spread them out in one layer. This allows the air to circulate and the light to reach them. Some recommend keeping them at a warm room temperature, but I prefer to keep them in the cooler mudroom since I feel it eases the transition to outdoors. I've definitely obtained better yields when I take this extra step, than when I've put them straight in the soil.
I'm also experimenting with growing a sweet potato yam to see if it's possible here. I'm using two different methods to sprout them (here's a great article on the subject), one in a water medium and the other in soil.
In other wonderful news, I spotted some garlic peeking through the fall-planted patch! I loosened up the mulch to give it a bit of breathing room. The soil is still nice and moist from all our winter snow, so no need to water it yet.
And, while checking on the garlic, I spied the ducks across the pond hanging out with the chickens. They seem to much prefer company of the avian variety (I don't blame them one bit).