I cannot remember what name was given to March in the French revolutionary calendar. Something to do with potatoes, I imagine: this is the month to buy, chit, and plant your first earlies. I understand that traditionalists would put things off a little longer, and certainly it is true that seed potatoes will rot in cold, wet ground: also, the young haulms are vulnerable to frost.
However, new potatoes should be small, sweet, and soon, and if this year is anything like the last, they should be lifted and eaten before the rains come, and the attendant blight. More...