Dry gardening potatoes

This year we are going to try dry gardening potatoes. Actually we’re going to dry garden quite a few things, but we had some serious water-related issues with our last potato crop that we are trying to avoid.


After prepping the beds we spaced the seed potatoes 18 inches apart instead of the traditional 12 inches. The rows are 5 foot apart on center.

Planting potatoes

I think Sidney has been enjoying getting to play in the garden. We keep bringing her out with us (when we aren’t sneaking out there to work during her naps) in the hopes she will get the gardening bug when she is older. I’ve already mentally prepped Lee that there might be a few plant losses this summer caused by curiosity.

Practicing gardening

This year we planted 2.3 lbs of German Butterball, 0.6 lbs of Purple Peruvian, 0.8 lbs of All Blue, and 3.8 lbs of Red Lasoda for a total of 66 row feet of potatoes. Our local seed company claims that normal yield is 10x the original planting weight. We’ve always done better than that, but perhaps it will be true when dry gardening.

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4 Responses to Dry gardening potatoes

  1. Ron says:

    It looks like Sidney is having a good time! I have good memories of our daughter playing nearby while I worked on getting a garden going.

    I’ve finally given up on potatoes here… they get smoked by the heat and chewed on by wireworms. But you did remind me that I should start getting some sweet potato slips going… those seem to do well in the climate here, and I’ve grown to like their flavor a lot.

    • lee says:

      That’s too bad about the potatoes. They are such an efficient crop when it comes to calories per acre. Robin looked up wireworms and discovered that we have them here too, but thus far they haven’t been a major pest. Our biggest problems are voles, gophers and inconsistent watering.

      We’ve only grown two sweet potato plants in the last five years, and they didn’t much like being shaded by the sunflowers.

  2. ShimFarm says:

    Sidney’s turning into quite the cutie-pie! She looks like she can be quite a ham.

    Too bad your gopher is doing so much damage…all that hard work…it’s so frustrating at times.

    • lee says:

      Little did I know when I wrote that comment above what a real problem the gophers would be this year. One hit our potatoes in June and killed two plants, but I managed to get it in a trap within a couple days. It’s the onion gopher that’s the sneaky monster.

      Yeah, we think Sidney is pretty cute. (And totally admit to our bias.) Hard to believe this was only 3 months ago. She seems so different already.

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