Is St. Patrick’s Day a signal for planting potatoes?
Can be! The timing is usually right around St. Patty’s Day – the soil needs to be around 45 degrees or higher and not soggy wet. If that’s what we have by then, go for it. If not, wait until the conditions are right. By the way, there are other ways to grow potatoes besides in the ground – on top of the ground mounded in straw and compost, in chicken wire cages, stacked tires, raised beds, large pots, laundry baskets (drain holes in bottom), and even the Potato Bags that have Velcro pockets on the sides so you can reach inside, grab a ‘tater’ and close it back up! St. Patty’s day usually signals time for planting peas, onions, and other cold crops (weather / soil condition pending).