When should one start potatoes in the garden? I want to start a batch, but don’t know if now is a good time. Can I grow them in the fall thru winter? Or is early spring a better time to start?
Here in Australia the plant places have seed potatoes available about now so they start in winter and are ready in summer. Potatoes take 4 months.
Winter in my part of Australia is like most peoples hot summer and the potatoes I did last year did very well. The only problem was that they didnt like the hot humid summer and I lost all of my potatoes as they turned to mush. If you dont have the humidity and its reasonably warm, I dont see why they couldnt work.
In the uk any time from jan onwards but frost is an important factor
In Nebraska, planting date is good Friday. I am in zone 5. You could probably have planted them sooner, but you also have a longer growing season, so any time now would probably be fine.
If you have humid weather, you might try what we are going to do. Cut a trash can or 50 gallon drum in half long ways, and fill it with straw. Plant your taters in there, and they should be fine, at least that is my opinion.