Can I Grow Potatoes?
Potatoes are thickened underground stems called tubers. For good tuber
development, potatoes require deep, loose, well-drained soil that is
free from stones. They need full sun. Plant tuber directly in the garden
after danger of heavy frost. Plant them with the eyes up, 2 to 3 inches
deep and 10 to 12 inches apart in rows spaced 2 feet apart. The tops
of developing tubers should not be exposed to sunlight, or they will
turn green. When the plants are about 5 to 6 inches tall, begin to heap
soil around the base of the stems, or surround the plants with a thick
layer of mulch. Potatoes need regular watering throughout the season.
Potatoe Plant History
The potato is one of the most important staple foods in our diet. It is
rich in vitamins B and C, potassium, protein, complex carbohydrates,
and fiber. Potatoes can be prepared so many ways that you can eat them
for a year and not grow tired of them.
Potatoe Plant Harvesting Tips
For "new" potatoes harvest about 10 weeks after planting. When potato blossoms
appear, it is a sign that the first new potatoes are ready for harvest,
simply feel around in the soil with your fingers for the small tubers.
Try not to damage the roots of the plants or you may reduce the main
Harvest mature potatoes after the tops die back and before the first frost. Dig carefully to avoid damaging the tubers. After harvesting store them in a dark, dry place for a week at 65-70 degrees F. Then store them at 35-40 degrees at fairly high humidity.
Potatoe Recipes & Storage
The uses of potatoes are unlimited only by your imagination. They can be
boiled, baked, roasted, deep-fried, grilled, sauteed, stir-fried, braised,
glazed, mashed, creamed, or scalloped. They can be made into soups,
stews, and casseroles, as well as potato chips, potato pancakes, and
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