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HELLO! Welcome to the sixteenth annual seed catalog from The Maine Potato Lady, your source for quality seed potatoes. Over the years, we have so enjoyed sharing with you the many varieties of potatoes, heirlooms, and new releases that we have grown and eaten. Whether you're a longtime customer or placing your first order, we're glad to help you get the most from your garden.
As we finished harvesting our potatoes and prepping the area for next year's garlic crop, I looked over our gardens and noticed how rich and dark our soil is black gold, as we call it: Rich, healthy soil developed and maintained over many years of growing the nutritious and flavorful food that has nourished and sustained our family. Yes, it all starts with the soil living, breathing soil. We have always added organic matter to our gardens, whether horse manure, hay mulch, crop residue, cover crops, or even weeds. We add select amendments for certain heavy-feeding crops like garlic or potatoes. We minimize tillage to only what's necessary for an adequate seed bed or to turn under organic matter. To prevent erosion of all that precious soil, we try to keep our soil covered, either with food crops and mulch or cover crops. We use rye and vetch to overwinter, oats and peas to build biomass and add nitrogen, and mustards to help with weeds and soil pathogens. Mustards like our garden. They germinate quickly and cover the area. When I walk by the mustards in bloom, thinking about turning them under, I hear a loud buzzing! Looking closely, I see they are full of pollinators. Busy as bees. So I wait and then the plants drop their seeds, and now I have perpetual mustard!
Healthy soils grow naturally pest- and disease-resistant plants that provide us with nutrient-dense foods. This translates to healthy and disease-resistant humans! Us! Healthy soils are the beginning of an exciting journey as we discover the life forces within and grow that delicious food!
NEW THIS SEASON! For 2022, we've added eight new varieties to our interesting collection of potatoes, which includes several from Europe, two new sweet potatoes, as well as a new garlic variety, and two heritage grains.
The Maine Potato Lady is a certified organic handler (#0706) through MOFGA Certification Services, LLC. All our seed is untreated. We do not knowingly use or sell any genetically modified plants or organisms (GMOs). Certificate is available on our website.
Prices subject to change without notice. We do not ship outside the US.