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In the sunbelt states, in USDA zones 8-10, it is possible to plant potatoes in late summer for an autumn harvest, or in frost-free climates, even late autumn for a late winter harvest. In some of the hotter states, this is the best time of year to grow potatoes, and possibly the only opportunity.

This only works in the southern states (including the southwest); in a Pacific Northwest zone 8 or 9 you would find that if late blight (or, in recent years, early frost!) didn’t kill them, they’d stop growing anyway in November for lack of enough sun. This only works where autumn days are not too short and too cloudy, and where late blight is not a problem.

First, you need some potatoes that have been kept refrigerated. Potatoes harvested earlier in the year probably won’t be able to break dormancy on time, though this depends on the variety. To make sure they break dormancy, you might want to put the “seed” tubers in a paper bag with a ripening apple or banana.

Unfortunately we don’t have refrigeration facilities for storing our potatoes, and worse, the big companies that do don’t usually plan for potato sales late in the year. The good news is that I’ve been able to locate a few. I suggest ordering them NOW before they run out completely.

Burpee still has 4 varieties left:



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Potato, Yukon Gold 1 pack (10 mini tubers)



Potato, Red Lasoda 1 Pack (10 mini tubers)

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You’ll need some either all-purpose or vegetable fertilizer, and unless your soil is naturally rich in calcium, you’ll probably want to add a little lime too to keep the potato tissues firm and prevent rotting.

I can’t find any lime on the Burpee site, but Gardener’s Supply has it

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For autumn/winter crops, I like Arugula (in English the name is “Rocket” but most people know it by its Italian name), Beets and in particular the Lutz Green Leaf which is hardy enough to overwinter in our part of the world, Kale, Leeks, M√Ęche (also known as “Corn Salad”), Mesclun (any of several mixtures of greens, typically rich in some of the spicier greens such as Arugula and Mustard, typical of southern France), and Radishes.

There are a lot of other things that will grow late in the year. Cabbage is good and the cool weather tends to reduce predation by cabbage butterfly larva.

Carrots can grow pretty cool too and some will overwinter. Cauliflower by the way usually needs to overwinter but this depends on variety. August is a good month to start Cauliflower in trays to plant out, to overwinter and bear in spring–April here.

Not all of these crops I mentioned are fully coldhardy. Radishes are not typically overwintered except the big types, however, they grow so fast that you can still get a crop in easily. What I like is growing them into cooling weather so they stay crisp and mild.

Leeks are typically extremely coldhardy, and they’re perfect for flavoring a hot pot of soup for a cold winter evening.

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