Grow Your Own Potato Salad
There’s nothing more delicious or fresher tasting than potato salad from your own homegrown potatoes. These waxy red fingerlings were so fresh and amazing, I can’t wait to plant more of them. They grow great in any container. I love growing them in containers instead of in the ground because I don’t have to have a big trench in my garden, and there’s no danger of putting a garden tool through a perfectly good potato when it’s time to harvest. The last photo here is the potatoes growing in my garden in a fabric pot. Here’s how I like to grow potatoes.
I either plant sprouted organic potatoes from my kitchen counter, or I buy the seed potatoes from Peaceful Valley Supply . I plant them in containers like these smart pots. The smart pots, or grow bags, are great for growing potatoes because potatoes grow in layers of soil and form on the roots. The more roots you have, the more potatoes you will eventually harvest. So farmers hill up the soil around the stems of the potato plants to create more roots. Foldable pots are great for this because when you plant them, you start all the way at the bottom of the bag with the sides folded down and plant the potatoes in a few inches of organic potting soil. This lets the sunlight get to them so they can grow strong and healthy. Once they start to grow and get several inches tall, it’s time to add more soil and “hill them up”. So just unfold the sides of the bag to make it taller, and add a few more inches of organic potting soil. You can do this a few times over the next several weeks, finishing top layer with a thick layer of straw. The straw will shade the potatoes and prevent any of them from turning green, which is toxic.
Grow bags make it easy once it’s time to harvest them too, because you just dump out the bag and find all your delicious taters! I can’t think of anything more fun than harvesting potatoes and root vegetables, it’s like digging for gold.