Podcast #242 – Cracking the Code on Potatoes

We’ve never been big fans of conventional potatoes; we’re not excited about the carbs, and we’ve always preferred sweet potatoes. But if you call yourself a reasonably proficient grower of your own food, you ought to be able to grow potatoes, don’t you think?


Sheer stubbornness more than anything else accounts for the determination of the Farmer-in-Chief to make potatoes work on Veg Hill. On this our fourth attempt at growing a decent crop of potatoes, we finally can report some modest success. Today’s program includes a leisurely tour of our potato failures and a blow-by-blow description of the successful strategy we used this year.

Listen – 16:45

After allowing our potatoes to cure in the open air, Amanda is placing them in a ceramic canister that we'll keep inside.
After allowing our potatoes to cure in the open air, Amanda is placing them in a ceramic canister that we’ll keep inside.

Emboldened by improved results from her efforts, Amanda is now planning to experiment with heirloom varieties like the blue potatoes and fingerling potatoes she enjoyed in South America. We’re also focused on figuring out a way to save potatoes for seed.

Here’s the video we talked about – Seven Ways with Spuds.

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