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View Poll Results: Do you grow potatoes?
YES! I grow and eat potatoes. 8 34.78%
No, forget all that work! They're cheap to buy. 12 52.17%
Love me some waffle fries! 5 21.74%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 23. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-21-2019, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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so how do they taste compared to store bought?
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I'll let you know in about 90 days

I've heard that they're much better than store bought.
Anything home grown is better than store bought.
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Old 05-21-2019, 06:17 PM
 
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old saying: Do Not Grow Potatoes.

well, what was meant was: do not spend a lot of money/time doing so.
potatoes are so easy to grow anywhere in just about any conditions.
we have some where we did not want any. they were still good to eat.
on a cost-per-potato, it is a "wash". store-bought on sale are Really Cheap.
planted/neglected/ignored potatoes taste the same to us as the 5lb. bag kind.
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Old 05-21-2019, 11:10 PM
 
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I think you planted your potatoes too deep?
You suppose to plant them 3-4” deep at first. Let the green leaves grow. Then you add additional 6 “ or so of soil right on top of the new greens - “ hilling” potatoes.
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Old 05-22-2019, 01:04 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I don't grow potatoes. I concentrate on things that are really expensive, are not available in the supermarket, or else that are noticeably better when home grown. So I grow blueberries, asparagus, patty pan squash, and tomatoes.


I'm in Idaho. I can buy really good potatoes for really cheap. it's not worth giving them garden space.


for those who do grow potatoes, i suggest that you buy certified virus free seed potatoes instead of using the ones you buy at the market. it would be a shame to inadvertently contaminate your ground with potato diseases.
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Old 05-22-2019, 01:06 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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One advantage of growing your own potatoes is that you can dig up and eat "new potatoes" ( the little bitty waxy guys that are so tasty)
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Old 05-22-2019, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Southern MN
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One advantage of growing your own potatoes is that you can dig up and eat "new potatoes" ( the little bitty waxy guys that are so tasty)
Yes! They're awesome.

I no longer grow any vegetables because friends and neighbors gift us with their bounty every year. I discover them like foundlings abandoned on the back steps. LOL

But those new potatoes - I'm waiting for the Farmer's Market to have them.

I scrub them with a gentle brush, boil 'em with a diced sweet onion, drain and serve them in homemade butter/cream sauce. O heaven.
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Old 05-22-2019, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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I've heard of people growing potatoes in a trash barrel, too. In fact I think I'll take an extra Home Depot bucket and try that on the patio, just see what happens!
Somebody else on YouTube was growing them in 5 gallon plastic buckets in his back yard. He made it look easy.

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Yes! They're awesome.

I no longer grow any vegetables because friends and neighbors gift us with their bounty every year. I discover them like foundlings abandoned on the back steps. LOL

But those new potatoes - I'm waiting for the Farmer's Market to have them.

I scrub them with a gentle brush, boil 'em with a diced sweet onion, drain and serve them in homemade butter/cream sauce. O heaven.
That sounds so good. I usually make salt potatoes. Boil new potatoes in 5 cups of water with 1 cup of kosher salt until they're tender. Melt butter and pour over potatoes or put the butter into bowls and dip the potatoes before eating (how I do it). Delicious.
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Old 05-22-2019, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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One problem with growing potatoes is that when they're ready to dig up the infamous potato bug has beaten you and all your fruits of labor are for naught.
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Old 05-23-2019, 12:46 PM
 
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A couple of years back, I came across a recipe for rösti, a kind of hash brown. Quite yummy. Can't wait for these potatoes to be ready.

As for bugs... I've heard about these, but do they exist in places where there are no potato plants growing? Just hanging around the yard, waiting for an unsuspecting gardener to plant some?
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Old 05-23-2019, 01:28 PM
 
Location: east TN
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As for bugs... I've heard about these, but do they exist in places where there are no potato plants growing? Just hanging around the yard, waiting for an unsuspecting gardener to plant some?

They do come from nowhere, apparently....because we had some the first year of growing in a new location, well away from anyone else. Some years they are worse than others, but last several years, they haven't been enough of them to bother spraying. If I do spray, I use this Bonide product, which is organic approved, and does knock then right out. But we grow 4-600' row feet per year. For a small patch, it's just about as easy to pick the big, fat, slow moving things (see pic on bottle) off and squish them. Another pest that will eat the leaves to some point, but usually not enough to kill the plant are flea beetles....they drill small holes in the leaves.








One of the great advantages of growing your own is the amount of pesticides you avoid. I read once commercial potatoes contain the residue of dozens of pesticides/herbicides/fungicides. We grow Yukon Gold (best long term keeper) and Kennebec varieties.


This is our fall crop in the root cellar. We store them on homemade screens that allow air to circulate around the layers, and if one does rot, it doesn't spread as bad. Screens are 2'x3' with 1/2" hardware cloth centers. The bags are small ones we'll keep for next year's seed.




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