For those of you who are anxious to start planting early this spring, we have a great selection of Potatoes, Onions & Garlic. A good rule of thumb is you can plant potatoes and onions directly in the garden after St. Patrick’s Day, but with our unpredictable Colorado weather it is important to keep an eye on them. Use mulch, Season Extenders, or cover with row covers to help protect veggies from low temperatures. Garlic bulbs can be planted in early spring as soon as the soil can be worked. Shop early to find the best available selection and store your potatoes, onions and garlic in a cool, dry environment until you’re ready to plant.
Potato plants are not grown from seed, so to produce a potato plant you will need seed potatoes, which are potatoes that have been carefully screened for common viruses and stored for planting. Seed potatoes can be planted whole or cut into pieces with at least one eye per piece. Those with more eyes will grow to produce a larger quantity of potatoes that are smaller in size while those with fewer eyes will produce fewer potatoes that are larger in size. For planting, choose a sunny spot with loose well-draining soil, so that the roots and tubers can develop.
Onion sets and plants are the fastest, easiest way to grow full-size onions in a single season. For planting, choose a very sunny location with 8 hours or more of direct sun per day with fertile soil that drains well. Onions are heavy feeders and benefit greatly from an application of a nitrogen-rich fertilizer such as El Primero Organic Garden Fertilizer (21-4-4) locally made by Alpha One.
Garlic grows from individual cloves broken off from the whole bulb. It is easy to grow and requires very little space in the garden. While the ideal time to plant garlic is in the fall, it can still be planted successfully in early spring. Garlic should be planted in a fertile, well-drained soil, avoiding areas where water can collect around the roots. The cloves should be planted 1-2 inches into the ground with the pointed end up.
Originally published on March 1st, 2019. Updated on April 24th, 2020.