Seedlings from Alaska certified seed potatoes should have soil mounded up around them as they grow every two- to three-inches.
Buckets of water and fleece blankets can slow the freeze-and-frost process
Cut potato seeds into golf ball or ping pong ball sized pieces with an eye or two, plant the seeds with the eyes or sprouts pointing up, and cover with about a half inch of soil.
It’s prime time for starting herbs, onions, shallots, celery and parsley.
Also, a short preview of the Harvest Fair and Farmers Market at the Juneau Community Garden on Saturday, Aug. 24.
Master Gardener Ed Buyarski recommends that you harvest as many ripe cherries and cabbage as you can before they split and become inedible.
Certified seed potatoes are usually disease-free and lack the chemical sprout inhibitor that is usually applied before eating potatoes are shipped to grocery stores.
Cool, dry weather will actually boost the sugar content of plants, especially root vegetables.
Very carefully loosen the soil and pull out potatoes by hand. Place the potatoes in trays or crates in a cool place so the skins can toughen up. Then, cover with blankets, cardboard or newspapers.
Gardeners thinking about a crop of cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower later this season should start them indoors now.