On Dec 29, 2013, Pitcom Avondale, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
This was my first year ordering from The Potato Garden. They had a extensive inventory to choose from. Mountain Rose and Sieglinde were two of the varieties I choose. I was very disappointed with the quality of the seed potatos. The Sieglinde arrived with mushy spots all around the tubers. If you applied a small amount of pressure the tuber would pop and squirt its insides out. I called customer service and they were very helpful and apologetic. They sent out a replacement set, however they were once again riddled with mushy spots. I decided to cut away and mushy spots and plant anyway. This was a big mistake. I did not harvest a single Sieglinde potato as every single plant had nothing but rotted tubers underneath of it. The mountain rose on the other hand grew well, although not great and my yield was about 5:1 at 15" spacing and 20" between rows. I plan to try this vendor again this year since they have a history of positive reviews. Hopefully with better results.
The shipping was fast, the selection was good, but the potatoes themselves weren't anything to write home about. Not very many eyes at all, and they aren't producing much, even though we have experience growing potatoes and the soil is wonderful.
We'll look for some locally or try another grower for next season.