Years ago, I read an article that said not to bother growing potatoes. They take up too much room in the garden, and they're the cheapest thing in the produce section of the grocery store anyway, so don't waste your time. That was before I learned that potatoes are sprayed more than a dozen times during the growing season with pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers. Now I buy nothing but organic potatoes, or we grow our own. Even organic potatoes are cheap, so we don't bother growing anything that we can buy at the store. But with so many potatoes from which to choose, it's easy to pick a few special potatoes every year to grow in the garden.
This year, I chose All Blue (pictured at the top), All Red (also known as Cranberry), Purple Viking (white inside), and French Fingerling (below). We've grown the blue potatoes before, but the rest of them will be new for us this year.
Seed Savers Exchange in Iowa. If it grows there, it should grow in Illinois. Whole potatoes arrived last week, and I cut them up into sets on Saturday morning. Each piece should be larger than a golf ball and have at least two eyes on it. Then you have to wait 24 hours for the cuts to heal up before planting, so Mike and I spent Sunday afternoon planting. Now the hard part -- waiting! Yeah, watering and weeding are work, but waiting is harder.