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I began getting land ready for several days of plantin'. May 1 is watermelon plantin' day according to the old timers here. We hope to get about a half acre planted tomorrow in addition to other veggies.

Anyway, from the prior post about Kennebec taters not coming up. Well, I was wrong. It was the red taters that are no-shows. A few scattered hills are there, and Mrs. Jim suggested planting squash and cukes in the bare spots and leavin' the taters that are there. I was ready to plow them up, but she noted there was fertilizer in the ground and said no. Knowing when I should obey, we began planting.

While using a hoe to get the ground loosened, I would occasionally dig up a red mini-tater or two. They were new taters. I later dug up one or two seed taters with new little ones attached to them, but there were no plants. These crazy things were reproducing underground, but not sprouting above ground. I guess we got about a quart and a half of them and Mrs. Jim fixed them for supper.

Is this wierd or what?

If crops are gonna grow this way this season, it makes me wonder if I should plant a few other things. I'd like a new truck. Maybe I need to go to the junkyard and get a few parts to plant?
 

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Now that is a first! Really unusual, but I don't guess I would question it - just enjoy new potatoes in April! It's usually late June- early July before we get those here. Maybe you can cut in to an early market? :D
 

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I have a few tater bugs on mint too, and I will take care of them. Nasty little varmints!
 

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I have had that happen in the potato bin in the basement. Small new potatos grow from the old sprouting ones in the bin. Never seen it happen out in the garden though. Mine are not yet all planted and the ones planted have not yet emerged from the ground.
 

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HI Jim. Your seeds have a disease, cortisium, I think that is the spelling. If the plants grow they will be spindly and yield little. Do you have access to advisory services? There is a USA university which has excellent information on potatoes. Would it be Idaho?

John
 

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Sailor John said:
HI Jim. Your seeds have a disease, cortisium, I think that is the spelling. If the plants grow they will be spindly and yield little. Do you have access to advisory services? There is a USA university which has excellent information on potatoes. Would it be Idaho?

John
Thanks John. I'll check that out. It's a new one on me. Is it a soil-born disease? Rusty, I have had the same thing happen to taters in storage.
 
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