You Bet Your Garden

The Positives and Perils of Volunteer Potatoes

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Potatoes are fun to grow–and you always miss a few at harvest time. On this week’s You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath discusses what to do if these valuable volunteers pop up in the middle of another planting the following season. Plus: your fabulous phone calls!

Question of the Week:

“Every fall I accidentally leave some potatoes in the ground, and the next spring new ‘volunteer’ plants come up in the same spot super early in the season. I pull them out because I rotate my beds and always plan to grow something else there. But is it possible to deliberately plant potatoes in the fall and leave them in the ground over winter?”

— Steve in Bucks County, Pennsylvania


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