Potatoes, Onions & Garlic
For those of you who are anxious to start planting early this spring, we have a great selection of Potatoes, Onions & Garlic in stock with more arriving early this March. A good rule of thumb is you can plant potatoes and onions (all available in our Garden Shop) directly in the garden after St. Patrick’s Day but with our unpredictable Colorado weather it is important to keep an eye on them. Using mulch, Season Extenders and covering with row covers will also help protect veggies from low temperatures. Garlic bulbs can be planted in early spring as soon as the soil can be worked. Stop by now to find the best selection while available and store your potatoes, onions and garlic in a cool, dry environment until it’s time to plant.
Potato plants do not flower to produce seed so to produce a potato plant you will need seed potatoes, now available at Fort Collins Nursery. 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 well-draining, loose soil, so that the roots and tubers can develop. For a fun, alternative planting method try planting potatoes in bloem BAGZ.
Here are some delicious varieties to consider:
- Cal White Potatoes: A long white-fleshed potato with brilliant white skin. Produces heavy yields of large potatoes.
- Dark Red Norland Potato: This Heirloom has almost burgundy skin and white flesh. Keeps well, produces high yields and is great for potato salad.
- Viking Purple: This Heirloom has large, smooth dark purple skin and pure white flesh that make it great for mashing. A high-yielding potato developed at North Dakota State University.
Onion sets and plants are now in stock and 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. You’ll cry tears of joy after tasting one of these savory varieties:
- Copra Onion: This is a very sweet storage onion that can be stored for up to a year. Produces a beautiful, hard 3” onion that cooks love.
- Red Candy Apple Onion: Features a large, flattened red globe and is the type of red you’ll find in an Italian restaurant or salad bar. Limited storage capacity with this one.
- Highlander Onion: Sweet, early maturing bulbs grow up to 4”. It is easy to cure and stores well for up to 5 months.
Garlic grows from individual cloves broken off from the whole bulb. It is easy to grow and requires very little space in the garden. 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. Give your meals some bite with one of these wonderful varieties:
- Inchelium Red Garlic: Features savory aroma and rich taste with a medium level of spiciness, even when eaten raw.
- Susanville Garlic: Features white with occasional pink coloring and a long shelf life. Cloves are excellent for roasting and spreading and great for braiding.