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Growing potatoes is not difficult.  Learn about growing potatoes in containers and in your vegetable garden.

Growing Potatoes

The potato is presently the world's third most-important food crop after wheat and rice. Corn, formerly an important crop for human consumption, is now primarily used for animal feed. In places and times when and where most other crops might fail, potatoes may still typically be relied upon to contribute adequately to food supplies.

Anyone who wants to learn how to grow potatoes, can join in the fun and health benefits by checking out the links to our pages below.

In every culture there is increased interest in learning how to grow potatoes. As wheat and rice prices increase, the humble potato is being rediscovered as a nutritious crop that has the potential to cheaply feed a hungry world. 

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Reasons for Growing Potatoes

  •  Potatoes require very little water
  • Potatoes mature in as little as 50 days
  • Potato crops produce a yield between two and four times more per hectare than wheat or rice

In recognition that an increasing focus on potato farming and gardening can be an answer to world hunger, the United Nations named 2008 the International Year of the Potato. They called this tuber a "hidden treasure". 

Grow Potatoes in Containers

Growing Potatoes in Containers - Containers like barrels and large pots can sit on your deck or almost anywhere in your yard. Grow a large crop of potatoes in a very small space.

Growing Potatoes in Pots - Fabric or plastic potato grow pots are just one of several popular was to grow potatoes in small spaces.

Growing Potatoes in Barrels - An old whiskey barrel or other barrel makes a perfect potato growing container.

Growing Potato in Tires - A stack of old tires creates a perfect container for growing a "stack of potatoes." This is recycling at its best!

Growing Potatoes in Straw - Mounding straw along your rows of potato plants is an easy way to deter weeds.

Learn About Growing Potatoes
From Seed To Harvest

How to Grow Potatoes - A few simple details about choosing your potato growing method and where to beginn.

Types of Potatoes - Learn the kinds potatoes to plant for the potato recipes you want to create and for where you live.

Seed Potatoes - We plant potatoes from potatoes. Know how to choose potato "seeds" that will generate a crop for you.

Planting Potatoes - You can have a potato garden on a farm or on your deck. Here are all the ways.

Harvesting Potatoes - You can begin to harvest tiny new potatoes early in the season while others grow larger. 

Storing Potatoes - You want your potatoes to last through the year. Get the tips you need.

Potato Bugs - These pests wants your potato crop. Don't let them have it!

Share Your Potato Gardening Story and Photos - Show us your lovely potatoes and tell us how you grow them.

World governments are beginning to focus more attention on the value of the potato to feed their population.

  • Peru's leaders have started a program encouraging bakers to use potato flour to make bread. Potato bread is being given to school children, prisoners and the military, in the hope the trend will catch on.
  • India intends to double potato production in the next five to 10 years.
  • China, a huge rice consumer that historically has suffered devastating famines, has become the world's top potato grower.
  • In Sub-Saharan Africa, potato growing is expanding more than any other crop at present.
  • Belarus leads the world in potato consumption; each resident of this eastern European state eat an average of 376 pounds of potatoes a year.
  • Peru is sending thousands of seeds to the Doomsday Vault near the Arctic Circle, contributing to a gene bank for food crops that was set up in case of a global disaster.

In the USA potatoes are often thought of only as a bland "Idaho potato" variety. However potatoes come in at least 5,000 types.

Colors range from creamy-white to bright yellow and deep purple. With countless shapes, textures, and sizes, potatoes offer chefs of the world a chance to constantly create new potato recipes. Their great taste and versatility casue them to be consumed sliced, boiled, or mashed from breakfast through dinner.

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