These organic potatoes sprouted on our counter, there are two varieties here, Russet, and waxy red. Home grown potatoes are delicious, easy to grow, and harvesting them is so much fun. The first thing I do is cut them apart to create more “seeds” so that you get more plants growing. I cut them into big pieces, with one or two sprouts on each piece. Let them dry a bit and callous over, just overnight, so they don’t rot in the ground. These will get planted at the bottom of a 5 gallon fabric pot, with the sides rolled most of the way down, in organic potting soil. As the potato plants grow up and get leggy, you need to “hill them up” or add more soil. This is where the soft sided fabric pots come in, because they allow you to keep hilling up the potato plants, unrolling the sides of the pot and adding more soil as the plants grow taller. You hill them up because the stems will turn into roots, and more potatoes will form along those new roots. I usually unroll the sides of the pot and hill the potatoes up 4 or 5 times in the course of a 2 to 3 month growing season. I add a thick layer of straw mulch on top to keep the sunlight from hitting the potatoes on the top layer. Sunlight is what turns potatoes green, and green potatoes are toxic. When the plants start to die back, you just dump the pot over and harvest your potatoes.
The last 2 pictures are potato plants growing in our garden and potatoes we harvested. Yum!
POTATOES ARE THE COOLEST
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My best friend turned 30 and rented out an Arcade so I made Super Mushroom cupcakes and a Pac Man cake. They were both vegan funfetti inside. So much fun :)