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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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
Small, “new potatoes” harvested during a round of weeding. Varieties include Superior, Chieftain and Carola.
Company Farm, our project to grow food for those in need, is well into its pilot year. So far, so good! Our goal: Grow potatoes in our corporate “backyard” (Burlington, VT), using volunteer gardeners from the st [...]
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.