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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 6/26/2011, 6:53 pm

Potatoes can do well just about anywhere. For those of you trying out potatoes for the first time, don't worry too much about them. Here's how crudely I became a veteran potato grower....lol. No, really....LOL!

I took a rotten potato from the store back in April. I notice it stunk in our pantry....we'd forgotten to toss it out. Well, it was sprouting (like we've all seen). I cut it up into 4-5 pieces and gave them one square only! I just stuck them down in the ground about 4 inches and forgot about them. They were on the opposite side of the garden I was working in early spring. They sprouted in a few weeks, but I thought they were weeds. I almost pulled them! But, luckily I remembered planting potatoes. (So, this guy actually forgotten TWICE!)

Here is what I did wrong in the beginning...

- I didn't give much moisture.
- I put WAY too many in a square.
- I didn't worry about the "eyes" facing upward.
- I never mounded around them nor did I add soil. They never had more than 5 inches of MM to grow in.

Now, a few months later, my daughter wanted to harvest. I told her to see what she felt. She grabbed several the size of golf and tennis balls. We never ate them because I put them in a plastic baggy to "cure." Once again....LOL.

I forgot about them more. I literally didn't care. I just let them go. The vines started dying back. I did some reading and found I was supposed to let them die back the whole time. So, I went out today to pull the rest and free up the square.

I got another 10 or so! Some golf balls, but most much smaller. I don't know that I'll eat them either because of rot/fungus/not being certified seed potatoes/etc. But, I can tell you that I grew me some taters. And, they went pretty well for forgetting the plant not once, not twice, but THREE separate times.

Not one green spot on them. Not ever in more than 5 inches. Never babysat for even a second.

So, for those of you that are micromanaging your gardens, myself included, just stop it. Just let the stuff grow and do what it will. We aren't after world records here (Boffer and Josh aside.. Wink ). This is a hobby. This is to cut the grocery bill down a bit and stick it to "the man." If things work out, they work out. If they don't, we are out $20 in seeds this year. There is still summer. There is still fall. Don't lose much sleep.

Another neat tidbit that should give you some perspective.... I bought some potatoes this weekend as previously mentioned. 5lbs for a buck. Ideally, they produce 50-75 lbs. Did I mention I paid a flipping BUCK for the bag? That's 2 pennies per pound of produce.

I think I'll be saving mucho dinero on produce this year if I just get half the yield on the potatoes alone. Let's not forget about the lettuce seeds that have been giving me salads instead of the grocery store. It just doesn't take much to cut down your grocery bill.

So, in a word of summary........relax.

Happy Gardening!!
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Post  ModernDayBetty on 6/26/2011, 7:00 pm

@BackyardBirdGardner wrote: We aren't after world records here

Speak for your self! ;o) Good post!
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Post  camprn on 6/27/2011, 12:17 am

Relax? I'm not sure if I understand... Shocked
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Post  FamilyGardening on 6/27/2011, 12:39 am

but....but....my seedlings are my babies Laughing

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