Chalk this up under the “I told you so” category?
So, I had a few red potatoes in the pantry this spring that I had bought from the grocery store. At potato-planting time, they were too mushy to eat but had developed very healthy looking sprouts, and rather than throwing them away, I decided to plant them.
Sure, the people who sell certified seed potatoes tell you that planting store-bought potatoes is a bad idea. But, I figured that was mere scare-tactics.
Maybe it’s scare-tactics and maybe it isn’t. But one thing is for sure. My store-bought potatoes were infected with brown leaf spot (Photo B), a fungal disease very similar to early blight (photo A):
The upside? I saved $1.50 by not buying certified potatoes. Woohoo! Watch me zoom! The downside? I lost a huge chunk of my yearly potato harvest and lost 3 hours in the garden destroying plants and quarantining 12 large wheelbarrow loads of gardening medium.
Neither a good bargain nor a good decision. I’m not claiming that certified potatoes are safer. But, I can say that I won’t be using store-bought potatoes for planting again.