Archive for the ‘Planting’ Category

Potato Growing Success Story in the UK

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We were delighted to receive a wonderful email from one of our valued customers who purchased our book How to Grow Great Potatoes, an avid potato grower who lives in the UK. He has had great success this growing season and kindly shared his experiences with us. Potato Growing with Rhys Jaggar Rhys Jaggar lives in London, ...

How to Harvest your Home-grown Potatoes

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A successful potato crop will keep you stocked up with freshly grown potatoes for as long as eight weeks, from the time the plant flowers. The first potatoes you can harvest will be little, baby potatoes – normally referred to as "new potatoes". This could be as early as six weeks after planting; be guided by ...

How Potatoes Grow, Step-by-Step

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If you have never grown potatoes before, it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the growing process of tubers, so that you can take appropriate and progressive action to ensure a successful crop.   While stems, leaves and flowers do form above the ground, it is the expanding section of the plant – the tuber ...

Growing Healthy Potatoes

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There is nothing much that beats harvesting a good, healthy crop of potatoes, particularly if you have grown them yourself. While there are many ways to cook potatoes, good healthy home-grown potatoes need nothing more than a rinse before they are cooked. Boiled or baked in the skin, and topped with a knob of butter or ...

Structure of the Potato

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Cut potato

Understanding how a potato is made – or structured – is not only interesting, but it also explains how we are able to reproduce potato plants from the tubers themselves. While true potato seed comes from the berries that form in the foliage of potato plants, this type of seed forms fewer and smaller tubers than ...

Potatoes are a Cleaning Crop

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In some parts of the world, particularly Europe, potatoes are considered to be a cleaning crop. This is something to take into account, particularly when it comes to crop rotation, and in gardens where weeds are a problem. Of course whatever veggies you are planning to grow, it is vital to prepare the ground well ...

The Best Climate for Potatoes

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While potatoes are grown all over the world, some do better in some climatic conditions than in others. The sad part though is that in most parts of the world, the potatoes that we immediately recognise are limited to the few types that commercial growers have chosen.

Review of Potato Varieties

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Potato varieties

It is amazing to discover that the humble potato comes in many varieties and colours. The sad part though is that if you aren't aware of the possibilities, you may find yourself severely limited in terms of choice when it comes to seed and stock possibilities to plant in your home veggie garden. Depending where ...

Ancient History of the Potato

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History of Potato

Ancient Inca Terraces constructed for farming Source: The potato has a fascinating, if rather contradictory history that goes back many centuries. Now considered to be the world's fourth most important crop (after wheat, rice and maize), the potato (Solanum tuberosum) originally grew wild throughout the South American Andes. There are known to be more 200 wild ...

Protecting Your Potatoes From the Cold

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Potato Igloo

Potatoes are easy to grow but prefer cool weather, so it is important to plant them at the right time to take advantage of that.  The right time to plant depends on your climate. Since it takes potatoes two to three weeks to emerge from the ground, the earliest you should plant seed potatoes in ...