Thursday, September 18, 2014

The humble spud or potato

Number two on my high calorie must grow foods is the Potato. Yes the humble spud is an important plant for small scale subsistence farmers around the world. It is a mainstay in many vegetable gardens in temperate climates. There is a wide range of potatoes that can be grown. They store well and are easy to prepare. There are 116 calories in 1 cup of diced Potatoes (Flesh and Skin). That cup of potatoes is 1% fat, 91% carbs, 8% protein.

Below is some good information on potatoes in general.

International Potato Center

Growing instructions for your spud.

You will be surprised on how many different systems you can use to grow the humble spud.

Growing Potatoes in the Home Garden, Ohio State University

Potato site - Cornell University

Growing Potatoes Organically Basics From Seed To Storage, UC Davis

Potatoes Purdue University

Growing potatoes in grow bags

Growing Potatoes in coffee bean burlap bags
Sheet mulching with cardboard and potatoes

Sources of virus free potato seed tubers

It is very important to get spuds that are disease free. You can grow the spuds from the store but what diseases could you be putting into your garden?


Burpee seeds

Meet the Colorado Certified Seed Potato Growers

The Uihlein Farm of Cornell University

Montana certified seed potatoes wholesale directory

Storing your potatoes

A big part of high calorie gardening is the ability to store the calories for when you need to consume them. Curing and proper storage of your spuds are important if you wish to use those calories.

Farmers store potatoes in damp sawdust

20 Crops That Keep and How to Store Them

Dehydrate Potatoes February 2013

Removing potato starch from shredded potato
Removing starch means they dry without turning black.

True Potato seeds not Tubers

Yes you heard me correctly. I am talking about sources of seed to grow your spuds. Just remember that the first year you are likely to get just thumb sized spuds. These will be your seed potatoes for the next year. It is from these small spuds that your big potatoes will grow in the second year.

Tater Mater Seeds
Tom Wagner
8407 18th Ave. West
Everett, Washington  98204

Potato true seed (TPS) mix (200 seeds)

Producing Potato true seeds

How about creating your own stain of potato adapted to your area.
You can also trade and sell true potato seeds. Nice trade item.

Potato Breeding For Durable Resistance to Pests and Disease

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