I thought I would read just a bit before writing this morning so I could bring you accurate information outside of my own experiences. You see, each year we buy "seed potatoes" from our local farm store. Many nursery's carry them, or seed and feed stores will carry them by the pound. I do utilize any potatoes in the pantry that have started sprouting in the garden as well.
Food Irradiation: The Risk) I was surprised to find that this practice is used on so many products.
With this in mind, I am so very grateful that we grow most of the veggies that we eat on a regular basis. I cannot allow myself to get crazy with this idea, because believe me- I could. I could easily decide we are NOT buying anything that we can't possibly produce here at home - there might be some revolting going on if I were to shift in that direction. On the other hand, I can do all I can do (without loosing my mind) by contributing to our families daily intake with home grown vegetables, fruit, milk, and meats. We know what has gone into the meats we are eating from our farm, we know what has gone into the soil where our plants are growing. I know everyone does not have the opportunity to raise their own meat, procure and maintain a large garden, raise chickens for fresh eggs or even have the desire or time to do so. Seek out farmers markets, fresh produce at road side stands and grown a few things each year in your small spot. Look on your local craigslist to see if you are able to locate a family that sells fresh eggs in your area.
I lived in a rural area as a child and our family always had a nice garden that produced abundantly. We also kept chickens for a while and often ate meat that we either raised, caught or hunted. When I married and left home we moved away into a suburban area where I neither had time, money (we were broker than a corn flake), or desire to garden at the age of 20. Some years past and on our small lot in a suburban area I did have a garden that produced some produce for our table. We have had a garden in suburban areas and it was a joy of mine to work in it. It can be done. I did not have the motivation then that I do now, such as wanting cleaner food for our bodies. I am more determined today to do as much as I am able while still not making myself crazy about the whole thing, to provide what we can from the garden to the body.
SO.... back to planting potatoes..
As I said before, we do purchase seed potatoes from the feed/seed store here in the area, however if I have a potatoes in the pantry to sprout it goes in the ground as well to produce what it will. Here are a few tips on how I plant potatoes.
|Here you can see that I have sliced the potato in half so I will have two plants to grow from this one potato. I could slice the one to the right in half again, but I am going to leave it as it is.|
Once you have dug your potatoes you will want to store them in a nice cool place in order to extend their shelf life. We have a large closet that has shelves from the floor up all the way around the large closet. We stored all of our potatoes in there this past year. You will want to store them on newspaper or freezer paper side by side. Do not stack the potatoes. They will need to be stored just the way you dig them out of the ground. While you will be tempted to clean them up, don't wash them. Once dug you can put them on a shaded area so the soil can dry a bit, where the bulk of it will fall off. Do not leave the in the sun and if you dig that morning, be prepared to bring them in to the storage place that evening. Choose the coolest place you have available to you. If you have a crawl space under neath your house that you can get to easily, this also works well. We grew a ton of potatoes last year, or so it seemed. We dug about 100lbs and used potatoes from our storage room for many months thereafter as well as share some with family and friends. I hope this has helped spark some interest in grown a few things on the little or big spot of land you have. No spot is too small, many even use containers when they don't have much ground that is usable. OK.. I am getting off the soap box. Y'all have a super week!
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