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    I remember a story my dad told me about his mom planting potatoes in the fall. Anyone try this?

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    It is more common in the south, but in the PNW west of the Cascades it works on a small scale. You would usually want to plant late August and harvest in November. The main problem is that it is hard to find seed potatoes for sale that aren't dormant at this time of year. You pretty much have to plan ahead and keep them in the refrigerator for a late planting. Wet conditions can be a problem with diseases. There is actually a whole class of specialty potatoes called diploids that are pretty much only grown in the fall in the northwest.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dissimulo View Post
    It is more common in the south, but in the PNW west of the Cascades it works on a small scale. You would usually want to plant late August and harvest in November. The main problem is that it is hard to find seed potatoes for sale that aren't dormant at this time of year. You pretty much have to plan ahead and keep them in the refrigerator for a late planting. Wet conditions can be a problem with diseases. There is actually a whole class of specialty potatoes called diploids that are pretty much only grown in the fall in the northwest.
    This would actually be planting those dormant potatoes .because they would stay in the ground till spring and then emerge. Which means I could have potatoes several weeks earlier. Because I wouldn't have to work the ground in this possibly wet spring.

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    Gotcha. No experience doing it intentionally, but I get volunteers that survive the winter every year, so I imagine it will work fine as long as you don't have a lot of critters digging them up.


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