Growing Potatoescomments (0) February 3rd, 2010
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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