If you’re able to stay safe at home during the coronavirus pandemic, there is no better therapy than getting outside and into the garden. While early April is too soon for some outdoor tasks, this week could be a prime time to plant potatoes. One gardening tradition calls for planting potatoes on Good Friday, which […]
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Gardening tradition calls for planting potatoes on Good Friday, but this year, at least in Iowa, that might not be a good idea. With muddy grounds and temperatures still falling below freezing, this Friday, March 30, won’t be ideal for planting potatoes or much of anything else. Iowa State University Extension advises gardeners to plant […]
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.