You can catch up by reading Part One
So my handy dandy chart of What to Plant Now tells me in my area to plant potatoes around mid February on through April. I am already disobeying. An old gardening book I have reads I can plant potatoes anytime I am at least 3 weeks from being 28 degrees which I am pretty sure I am unless we have another Polar Vortex. In that case I have a plan. I will cover everything with hay until the crisis passes.
I opened up some three layered feed sacks and laid them at the end of the row. Newspapers or cardboard would have worked as well. I threw some scrap cypress boards over them to temporarily hold them down until I can get some wood chips in there. I am bound and determined to stop some of the weeds this year. It's not pretty but I don't have any neighbors to complain!
In the next few days I will work on getting more paper down and topping it with goat poop and hay. If all goes well we should see some green in two or three weeks.
The ground was a little damp when I planted so I did not water at this time. I may use a little commercial fertilizer on the potatoes as the soil is still poor in this area and we want taters....lots and lots of taters!