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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

 
 
Old 05-20-2019, 06:34 AM
 
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I just planted 10 "#1 Gold Rush" potatoes in our back yard. Dug 1-foot holes, stuck in a spud, covered with "organic raised bed soil" from the Ace.

This is my first year growing taters and I'd appreciate any advice. I watched an excellent Youtube video (https://youtu.be/IBxxCY59Kts) on growing potatoes; he shows the entire life cycle over several months, from seed to harvest.

My area is suburban and there are lots of critters including deer in the vicinity. Definitely there are lots of rabbits, squirrels, mice, and other rodents around here. As soon as the plants are emerging, I'm planning to put a chicken wire fence around the row, to discourage the animals at least a little bit. I know some of them will dig underneath, but I'm hoping at least some of the plants will make it to harvest time.

I've heard that freshly grown potatoes are much tastier than store-bought varieties, and we're keen to try it. Also, exposure to sunlight makes them turn green, which makes them poisonous, so we'll try to do things right.

Anyone else growing potatoes around here? Do you find it worth it? What do you do when the fall comes -- just let it lay fallow until the spring, or do you plant something to hold the soil?
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Old 05-20-2019, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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I just finished watching a YouTube video of someone who threw old hay down, parted the hay and threw potatoes into it, covered the potatoes with the hay again, and then harvested a ton of potatoes. According to his video, he planted 34 pounds of potatoes (didn't even cut them up) and harvested 330+ pounds of potatoes.

He didn't water, he didn't weed, he didn't do anything except collect the potatoes at the end. He didn't have to dig them up, either. He just moved the hay aside and picked up the potatoes. It's supposed to be the Ruth Stout method of growing things.

I have to admit, it looks easy and attractive. I may give that a shot this year, but I don't know where to find old hay or straw. In my area, you need to buy a ton and it's over $300 a ton.
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Old 05-21-2019, 05:01 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Potatoes are so easy to grow. You can literally buy one from the supermarket, throw it in dirt and you'll see growth from it.


Yes, I been growing potatoes for about 7 yrs now. They store very easily. One year I had 160 Potatoes from a 54sq ft area (9' x 6')


Here's a couple of pics.

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Old 05-21-2019, 06:26 AM
 
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Potatoes are so easy to grow. You can literally buy one from the supermarket, throw it in dirt and you'll see growth from it.


Yes, I been growing potatoes for about 7 yrs now. They store very easily. One year I had 160 Potatoes from a 54sq ft area (9' x 6')


Here's a couple of pics.



That's awesome! I can't wait until August when (hopefully) mine are ready!
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Old 05-21-2019, 06:28 AM
 
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I just finished watching a YouTube video of someone who threw old hay down, parted the hay and threw potatoes into it, covered the potatoes with the hay again, and then harvested a ton of potatoes. According to his video, he planted 34 pounds of potatoes (didn't even cut them up) and harvested 330+ pounds of potatoes.

He didn't water, he didn't weed, he didn't do anything except collect the potatoes at the end. He didn't have to dig them up, either. He just moved the hay aside and picked up the potatoes. It's supposed to be the Ruth Stout method of growing things.

I have to admit, it looks easy and attractive. I may give that a shot this year, but I don't know where to find old hay or straw. In my area, you need to buy a ton and it's over $300 a ton.
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!
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Old 05-21-2019, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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That's awesome! I can't wait until August when (hopefully) mine are ready!
Nice! Mine are usually ready in July. You must be in a cooler climate?


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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!
Always fun experimenting. Let us know how it goes. I also heard Potato towers work. Build vertical and in layers.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo7AaBCF9wg&t=3s
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Old 05-21-2019, 01:00 PM
 
Location: NJ
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so how do they taste compared to store bought?
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Old 05-21-2019, 02:29 PM
 
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so how do they taste compared to store bought?
I'll let you know in about 90 days

I've heard that they're much better than store bought.
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Old 05-21-2019, 02:34 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I'll let you know in about 90 days

I've heard that they're much better than store bought.
cambium should know.

i dont grow/kill anything myself but it has always been my experience that freshy grown/killed food is way yummier than store bought.
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Old 05-21-2019, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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I grew a handful of potatoes from a few sprouted grocery store red potatoes in a 4 x 4 square foot garden. I think I got 3-4 potatoes from each one. That was a fun "miracle," though I don't think they tasted any different.

The next time I tried it, they got attacked by ants (fire ants?) so I didn't get a crop. I might try again some time. I didn't work that hard on it, so it wasn't that upsetting.
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