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 [...]
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.
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
Despite the weather-related challenges, our potatoes are growing.
After the first five weeks of our pilot year of Company Farm, I’ve learned that farming is not for the fainthearted. Nor is it for people who tend to worry. When you start a farm (or a backyard garden), you surrender certain controls and take what nature dishes out.
We st [...]