Growing Potatoes

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As a child, I was intrigued by potatoes. Mid-spring, my mom would cut them into chunks, each with a sprouting "eye," and bury them in the garden. Nothing happened for a while. Plants would grow, and after several months, die back. Then the real fun began: quietly, unseen, each chunk had spawned several potatoes, and the challenge was to find these "apples of the earth" (pommes de terre in French). It was a treasure hunt, and the real payoff was having our very own potatoes for supper. I think it was what got me hooked on gardening.

Back then, we grew "ordinary" mid-sized brown potatoes. Nowadays, you can find seed potatoes in brown, blue, red, purple, and yellow, ranging in size from "fingerling" (small and elongated) to large (check the major seed catalogs for offerings). One company, Irish Eyes Garden Seeds, specializes in potatoes. You can grow your potatoes in the garden, but if you're short on space, you can also grow potatoes in containers.

Click on the links below for potato-related articles, videos, and recipes. Learn how to grow potatoes and use them in soups, side dishes, salads, and more.

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Comments (13)

marystoops writes: nice one i like potatoes
Posted: 4:45 am on November 8th
deniserenatt writes: i love potatoes
Posted: 12:27 am on November 3rd
hectorkim54 writes: Good Job
Posted: 2:09 am on November 1st
sofiabell writes: nice
Posted: 1:32 am on October 22nd
stephengreen44 writes: Great one
Posted: 5:19 am on September 5th
tonyjanes writes: This is good farming i like it.
Posted: 11:02 pm on August 26th
karlhardy55 writes: Excellent
Posted: 5:45 am on July 28th
juantate01 writes: Tasty.
Posted: 11:43 pm on June 16th
BessieMurphy writes: i does farming this.
Posted: 2:04 am on May 19th
DonnaAthey writes: nice one
Posted: 6:34 am on July 9th
bobbyWalker writes: awesome
Posted: 1:56 am on May 18th
JimNagel writes: good for wieght gain
Posted: 4:47 am on May 16th
jonahlake writes: Nice
Posted: 10:05 am on April 11th
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