Planting Potatoes on St. Patrick’s 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!! Where we live people go a little bit crazy for St. Pat’s.  The college closes for a week of St. Pat’s festivities including a huge parade and concert.  This year we decided to embrace a wee bit more Irish tradition and plant potatoes on St. Patrick’s Day.   According to Burpee Garden Company in 2011:

“St. Patrick’s Day remains one of the nation’s most celebrated holidays nearly 250 years after the first American celebration took place in Boston in 1762. While a few traditions have changed, the ceremonial planting of potatoes around St. Patty’s Day remains strong, according to Burpee Chairman and CEO George Ball.”  

I’ve never planted potatoes before in my life but I had a few old potatoes that I found sprouting eyes and have been holding onto with the thought  that I might plant them this spring.  When I saw this Pin 

from Preparedness Mama I decided to give potato growing a try.  We had an old laundry type basket that would be perfect.   My biggest kiddo helped me drill a couple drain holes in the bottom then ran off to swing.  My Little Miss was thrilled to get her hands dirty helping.  


I used regular red potatoes from the grocery store that had sprouted eyes.  I’ve read mixed reviews about whether they’ll work but I figured it didn’t hurt to try!  I’ll update when and if they start growing!   


You may have noticed on my Home page that there is a Google calendar.  If you have interest in following along with when things were planted or sprouted or harvested you can find that information there.  

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  1. If they had eyes, they should work. Generally we cut them so there are 2 eyes per piece, lay them out until the cut surfaces are dried and then plant. I’ve grown them in a laundry basket before and it works great as long as it doesn’t get too dry too long, and if little critters don’t find it. Best of luck. You have a cute helper.

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    1. Thank you! I didn’t let them dry first but I didn’t water right away either because I thought it was going to rain (only a couple sprinkles). Thank you!

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