Category Archives: Potato

The Potatoes Didn’t Work Out

Wow, it's been 2 months since my last post - not good. This spring, May and June, we have had double our local amount of rain and the veggie garden is suffering.  I have to figure that the potatoes got too much water.  The plants were beautiful, dark green and growing fine until we got weeks and weeks of constant rain.  The plants ceased to grow and turned yellow and then brown and shriveled up. See the shriveled, leaves drying up, yellowing plant. The baby fig tree behind the back pot is Read more [...]

Growing Potatoes In Buckets

I want to grow potatoes, but with my red clay I have to grow in raised beds.  I simply do not have enough bed space to plant potatoes.  I have seen clever and fancy expandable gadget structures to grow potatoes in.  However, with my limited resources, I have had to improvise. This is an old 5 gallon bucket with holes and cracks in the bottom to allow water to drain.  I made wraps out of old, rusty fence.  The potatoes were planted in the bucket itself, about 2/3 full of good soil.  As the Read more [...]

Potatoes From the Dirt to the Serving Bowl

We have never had a really good potato harvest here.  I do believe that the same diseases that turn the tomato leaves yellow and kill the plants also affect the potatoes - since they are of the same plant family. I purchased a small bag of seed potato, it had about 8 golf ball sized seed potatoes.  Since the potatoes were so small, I didn't bother cutting the potatoes into smaller chunks.  I just planted the 8 or so seeds.  They grew beautifully for almost a month.  The greens were just beautiful Read more [...]

Potatoes In A Pot Aren’t Doing Well

I planted 2 seed potatoes in this large pot.  They grew great for a month, I filled in the pot with soil and mulch as they grew taller.  Just recently - about the time the nearby tomatoes started turning yellow, these potatoes started to die back.  There isn't a whole lot to them left.  The vines are light and scrawny, but haven't noticeably turned yellow like the tomatoes.  Perhaps a different issue is afflicting the potatoes? The 8 seed potatoes that I planted in this 'back' garden - in Read more [...]

Potatoes Growing Right Along

I'm growing potatoes this year, just a small bag of seed potatoes. I planted 2 in a large pot, in about 8" of soil. They have grown over a foot, and I have added at least 8" of leaves/mulch/potting soil. I am intending to cover the stems up to the top edge of the pot and hoping for a pot full of potatoes. We'll see how this works. I am expecting potatoes to grow in the soil at the bottom, and as I understand it, the covered stems should produce potatoes along them also. The other 8 seed potatoes Read more [...]