How To Grow Potatoes

Most of you know that I have had my ups and downs trying to grow potatoes.
The outcome was not very good.  I couldn’t get a straight answer on where or how to plant. Once the potato eyes were in the ground, Wireworms and Colorado Potato Beetles joined together to make for tiny tubers and a potato growing nightmare.

So,when I read High Mowing Seeds post on growing potatoes 101 I knew I had to share.

I also think that Margaret Roach of A Way To Garden fame has a good tutorial fro growing your own spuds, too.

If you dream of growing your own spuds or want to be able to walk into your back yard and dig a few potatoes for the dinner table, High Mowing Seeds and Margaret Roach can help you get it done.

Remember, potatoes love being planted when it’s cool out so early spring is a great time to give this American favorite a try.

If you are successful, try dicing a few into this fabulous fish chowder – buttery rich and tasty. I married an Italian but my maiden name was Duffy.  If I know anything, I know some great recipes for cooking potatoes!

Fish Chowder

2 boneless fish fillets
2 thick cut bacon slices
2 T butter
1 leek, minced
1 stalk celery, minced
½ tsp dry mustard
1 lb potatoes, peeled & cubed
4 sprigs thyme
¼ c heavy cream
1 T minced chives

Place fish fillets and bacon slices in large pot and cover with 4 cups cold water.

Bring to simmer over medium high heat then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes or until fish is cooked.

Transfer fish to plate and let it cool then remove skin and flake into large pieces.

Continue to simmer bacon in broth until stock is reduced by half (2 cups).

Strain, discard bacon, add 2 to 3 cups of water and reserve poaching liquid.

Melt butter in large pot, add leeks and celery and cook 15 minutes until translucent.



2 responses to “How To Grow Potatoes

  1. Pingback: How To Grow Potatoes | Grow So Easy Organic – WORLD ORGANIC NEWS

  2. Thank for you post,
    I love this method “Hilled Rows Or Raised Beds”
    This method is probably the most traditional technique of growing crops. To make this, we just need to dig straight, narrow ditches or shallow trenches with 2 to 3 feet apart in a well-prepared soil. Then, you can start planting your seed potatoes within 12 inches apart from each other. Next, cover the seeds with 3 inches soil.

    When the shoots reach around 10 to 12 inches tall, you may use a hoe or a shovel to scoop the soil from between the rows and pile it against the plants, covering the stems halfway. You can repeat this process as required through the growing season to keep the tubers shielded and protected.

    This method requires simple gardening skills and inexpensive. It is also a popular method that has been proven effective. Hence, farmers have been using this approach.

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