Curzio Caravati with some of the 300 Potato Grow Bags at the Kenosha Potato Project.
As founder and curator of the Kenosha Potato Project Curzio Caravati has grown and catalogued more than 300 varieties of potatoes in his collection. Why? Because he is passionate about preserving the genetic diversity of heirloom potatoes and saving varieties [...]
An ornamental cherry, Prunus virginiana, breaking bud in early April in Wisconsin.
Gardeners tend to be keen observers. We watch for the first emerging bulbs in spring, check daily on our ripening tomatoes so we can harvest them at their peak, keep a close eye on the weather so we can protect plants if a late frost threatens. If you enjoy [...]
Even first-time gardeners can succeed with a Potato Bag.
Our Potato Bins shown late in the summer, growing in our Burlington, VT, display garden.
Last year, we used the bag to grow some purple potatoes. A good blend of varieties can be found in our Flowering Potatoes. Harvesting is easy: Just pick up the bag and dump it.
If you’re shopping for seed potatoes, it helps to know how you like to eat them: baked, boiled, fried, hashed or mashed? Plant several varieties so you can try different cooking techniques.
Elba Potatoes are considered an all-purpose potato. They are creamy when baked yet hold their texture when boiled.
If you’re shopping f [...]
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
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 [...]
Wow! The largest tuber weighed in at 4 lbs., 7 oz.
Do you grow sweet potatoes? Until this year, my answer would have been “no”. As heat-loving plants with a long growing season, they didn’t seem well-suited to my zone 4 garden. This year, we tried growing sweet potatoes in the Potato Grow Bags. The result has been a sweet s [...]
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 [...]