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 [...]
Plant a diversity of tomato varieties to reduce the possibility of disease.
Like many gardeners who lost their tomato crop to late blight last year, I’m wondering: How can I make sure it doesn’t happen again this year? Unfortunately, there’s no silver bullet. The most important thing you can do: be alert, be prepared.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
The weather on harvest day was perfect: sunny and temps in the 70s.
Before digging up the potatoes, we cut back the foliage and allowed the tubers to cure in the ground for a couple weeks.
This spring, we started something called Company Farm. Our goal was to grow food to donate to families in need.
Well, the harvest is in, and we dug 325 pou [...]
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 [...]