Liz grew heirloom Pink Brandywine tomatoes in her Tomato Grow Bags. Talk about tough—the plants survived Hurricane Irene.
We’re an eclectic bunch of gardeners here at Gardener’s Supply. We love to try out new products in our own gardens and experiment with unusual plants. After hearing about some of these adventures in lunchroom a [...]
Growing potatoes is like reading a good mystery; you have to wait until the very end.
Carola and Reddale potatoes freshly dug from my raised bed.
Growing potatoes is like reading a good mystery; you have to wait to the very end until what lies beneath the surface is finally revealed. Unlike the end of a book, however, the end of the [...]
Harvesting a crop of Elba Potatoes.
Potatoes give me more garden satisfaction per square foot and time invested than any other vegetable I grow. A few years ago I planted six different potato varieties and kept records on how many pounds I harvested from each. The project made a good County Fair exhibit and won a blue ribbon, which p [...]
When potatoes are ready for harvest, the plants look pretty shabby.
Earlier in the season I wrote about planting potatoes in a re-purposed, three-bay composting bin.
We had a very rainy year and the potato plants loved all that moisture. Most of them grew to almost 4 feet tall. The crop looked promising, but a funny thing about growing potat [...]
I found one of my favorite potatoes while on a garden tour in England about 10 years ago. On our way through the Yorkshire countryside on a soggy spring day, our small group stopped at a pub for dinner.
Potatoes produce lots of food in a small space, with little effort.
My grandmother, a Maine native, grew Kennebecs and Katahdi [...]
How about growing sweet potatoes in containers? We’re giving it a try in our Grow Beds and our Grow Bags. Come fall, we’ll let you know how it all turned out.
Sweet potatoes in the Grow Beds. The third bed is a double-stack to see if there is any benefit to having more soil.
Sweet potatoes in the Potato Grow Bag.
July 13 [...]
If you had to limit your diet to a single food, potatoes wouldn’t be a bad choice. Baked, boiled, chipped, fried, mashed, roasted or scalloped — the lowly potato can taste completely and deliciously different depending on how it’s prepared.
A selection of potoatoes harvested from Potato Grow Bags.
Good Varieties for Baking
We recently shared our great results about growing sweet potatoes in the Grow Bags. What about raised beds? What about extra-deep raised beds? We planted three Grow Beds. Each was filled with a blend of 70 percent container mix, 20 percent topsoil and 10 percent compost. To determine if a deeper planting area would yield more tubers, we made [...]