Spring’s arrival brings thoughts of green grass, flowering trees and – potatoes. Yes, potatoes. The starchy, tuberous crop is an integral, delicious part of many diets. In Iowa, optimal planting season is fast approaching.
Fall is an excellent time to reap the benefits of home gardens. Produce harvested from personal plots can make for a bountiful feast. But storing and keeping produce including potatoes, onions and carrots fresh can become an issue.
A new Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication discusses all aspects of potato production, beginning with choosing the correct type of potato to grow and including size of seed potatoes, spacing, fertility, pest management and post-harvest management.
When can I plant potatoes in the garden?
Should I apply lime to my garden?
How do I have my garden soil tested?
If growing bushels of potatoes is on your to-do list, find out when, how and what to plant.
Iowa State University Extension specialists offer tips for harvesting and storing potatoes, as well as dealing with spuds that are green or knobby.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists share information about potato varieties that grow well in Iowa and when and how to plant them.