Gardening folklore that calls for planting potatoes on Good Friday could create issues with the crop-devouring Colorado potato beetle, according to at least one Iowa gardener. The organic gardener said he has successfully avoided the voracious beetle by waiting until around June 1 to plant his potatoes. Planting early almost ensures that the Colorado potato […]
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Gardening folklore calls for planting potatoes on Good Friday, but that date can fluctuate from the wintry throes of March to somewhat balmy days in late April. In 2019, Easter falls on the latest date in nearly a decade, April 21, placing Good Friday on April 19, weeks later than last year’s Good Friday on […]
There is an outside chance that I might actually be able to plant my potatoes on Good Friday this year. The holiday isn’t especially early, as it was two years ago when it fell on March 29, nor is it at the late-end like last year, when it was April 18. This year’s Good Friday, […]
Fans of the Old Farmer’s Almanac are aware of the practice of planting by phases of the moon. According to this gardening tradition, flowers and vegetables that bear crops above ground should be planted during the light, or waxing, of the moon, from the day the moon is new to the day it is full. […]
I can’t imagine that too many Iowa gardeners will be planting potatoes in accordance with the Good Friday tradition this year. The ground currently is too cold and soggy to plant potatoes or much of anything else and Good Friday falls on March 29 this year – the earliest it’s been in five years.