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Blue Potatoes

blue potatoesThe big mess that's in this picture is going to turn into a big bucket of blue potatoes. Last year, I picked up a pound of blue seed potatoes and planted them not expecting much. But at the end of the season, I had about 30 pounds of them. I like when a vegetable under promises and over delivers.

So I saved a few pounds worth and stored them in a cool, dark place all winter. When I planted them a few weeks ago, as you can see in the picture, they were already growing eyes all over the place.

Do you know what potatoes like? Compost. As the potato plants grew, I kept adding compost to the beds and was eventually rewarded with a big bed full of potatoes. Think I'll do the same this year.


  1. Jenna said...
    Lovely. As a happy composting drone, I think I may bow to peer pressure and see if I can slide some of those beauties into my own gardening plans for the year. (I'm secure in my own nerdiness to admit I just want blue taters on my plate.)

    Quick question for you, oh composting guru - as google is giving me nada - do you know if wax can be tossed into compost heap? I buy those little mini cheeses for the hubby and I's packed lunches and am wondering what to do with the casings. They claim to be nothing but 100% beeswax with some red dye tossed in. Help!
    Ottawa Gardener said...
    I'll keep the compost thing in mind. I won't be growing potatoes this year because of space but hey 30 lbs, wow!
    kate smudges said...
    There's nothing quite like compost for growing things. I'm curious to try out the worm castings in the garden. It's amazing how much they eat. I bet the potatoes would like them too.
    Muum said...
    good idea with the compost and potatoes, maybe I'll try that this year, too. Would love to hear about how blue potatoes taste!
    Anthony said...
    The Burts Bees (they make natural beeswax products) website mentions composting but I can't see wax breaking down too nicely. I'd probably skip the cheese wrappers, especially because of the red dye. I'm always hearing bad things about red dye. Better to play it safe.

    Be sure to let us know how you do with the worm castings. I'm sure potatoes would love it.

    Blue potatoes have a lighter, puffy, airy taste to them. And that's why I like them because you can eat a lot without getting stuffed. :)
    Kate in NJ said...
    I don't have room to give over to potatoes in the garden, but I have considered growing them in a can for
    my daughter..have you done this?
    Anthony said...
    Kate in NJ,
    Haven't grown potatoes in a (garbage) can although, I'm sure that'd work well. But I do have good success growing them in a half barrel planter. Just keep adding dirt/compost as the plants grow and you should be fine.
    Edwin said...
    jenna, Don't put wax into your compost, nothing will happen to it, it won't decompose, it'll just stay there. Waxes don't rancidify like fats do. They just stay there, forever.

    kate in nj, you can grow potatoes in any container the size of a half-barrel, just remember to drill holes in the bottom for drainage.
    Anthony said...
    Thanks Edwin!
    Annie in Austin said...
    In our small garden we mostly stick to tomatoes and peppers but I like to read about all the vegetables you're trying, Anthony. Blue potatoes definitely caught my attention!
    There's one big sweet potato in the bin that has sprouted. Maybe I'll plant it and see what happens.

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

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