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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
Part of the 2012 potato harvest
The 2012 harvest keeps coming. This month, Deborah Miuccio, who manages the test gardens here at Gardener’s Supply, harvested about 60 pounds of potatoes from her family’s backyard garden.
“I planted them in a 4×5′ raised bed and fertilized with a thick layer of our homemade compost [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
What can you grow in a Grow Bag? As we discovered in our test gardens this summer, almost anything! When we started thinking about all the different vegetable crops that might benefit from the ideal growing conditions in a Grow Bag, carrots were right at the top of the list. All vegetables grow better in good soil, but there are some crops t [...]