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14 July 2011

Buy Potato. Grow Potato. Eat Potato. Plant. Eat Potato. Plant.

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SO...it has been said that you can't plant potatoes from the grocery store because they are treated to stop them from sprouting. Well, perhaps you didn't believe me when I SHOWED YOU IN THIS POST how to plant potatoes from your pantry...

Well, today I am proud to report that these 7 cuts of a couple old sprouting pantry potatoes from the grocery store have turned into...

26 delicious yellow, thin skinned potatoes :)

 Don't they look yummy?

Don't they look free?

Speaking of free, this wonderful little pot was free along with a vintage french fry cutter 
and a bunch of other stuff that now lives in the mud kitchen with the boys :)

 Harvesting these potatoes was a weird sort of fun.  It was almost like treasure hunting, and if anyone ever tells you to use a shovel when harvesting root veggies, don't listen to them.  Use your hands, dig in the dirt and giggle with delight when you find a bunch of potatoes hiding in the dirt.  I know...weird...but seriously fun...

The potatoes form on the roots of the plant like this...
I found 1-3 potatoes under each plant ranging in size from tiny new potatoes to nice large potatoes.  They all tasted wonderful!  Just make sure to cook same sized potatoes together or cut down the larger pieces so they cook evenly.  Here is an example of the smallest and largest that I harvested.

How do I know when to harvest my potatoes???
It is easy!!  When they get brown and start shriveling up, they are ready to go!  
 See those brown edges?
Some plants will be even further gone like this:
If you wait any longer, they will shrivel into the ground and it will be harder to find the potatoes.  Of course, you can leave the potatoes in the ground and save them for a rainy day...ala Scarlett O Hara...remember when she was starving and went out back and found that one potato that someone missed while harvesting and she sat out in the field eating it raw???  Am I the only one that vividly remembers that?

Anyway...you only need a very small space to grow potatoes, but you DO need soft, light soil.  Don't waste your pantry potatoes - multiply them!!!  1 or 2 of these potatoes will get cut and placed right back in the ground to multiply themselves again - YAY!


Inspire Me Heather Thursday, July 14, 2011  

Oh yeah, we do that too! This year our Son planted them (where, I'm not tooo sure....) Oh well, he can go dig them up!

Anne Thursday, July 14, 2011  

Hi Amy! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my Pad Thai. I appreciate it.

I've just been blown away by your blog and your photography. It's just amazing. I'd so love to be able to take half decent food photos. I can't tell you how many times I've submitted recipes to FoodGawker or Tastespotting, all rejected because of 'composition', 'too light', 'too dark' etc. I was thinking of creating a micro studio, you know out of a box, so I can at least try and get the light right. I just don't have a lot of time really. I basically cook or bake the recipe and it's eaten. Not a lot of time to be staging the food etc.

Thanks again for stopping by. I'll be keeping my eye on your blog for sure. We're just about to start our own vegie patch too and I'll be coming back for some pointers.

Anne @ Domesblissity

Miss Kitty Thursday, July 14, 2011  

I'm not much of a gardener but I sure do LOVE looking at your photography. It's amazing how you can make a homely little potato look interesting and lovely with your skills.

Georgia Thursday, July 14, 2011  

such an awesome post! and such wonderful photography. i wonder how potatoes would do in sandy soil? or if they would grow well in a container? i live in florida and my backyard is like a giant sand box. would love to try it out though :0)


LivingSoAbundantly Friday, July 15, 2011  

You have inspired me to want to try this! =D I'm not sure how it will work in North Carolina clay, so I might do a container. ;) My great grandma used to plant pineapple tops in Michigan and had success growing new ones!

allenaim photography and design Friday, July 15, 2011  

I think they would thrive in sandy soil! You might have to feed them with a little fish emulsion or compost due to the lack of nutrients, but the sandy texture would be perfect for them to grow in. Clay would be the exact opposite. Plenty of nutrients, but they might get misshapen as they grow. ...BUT if you are just cutting up a potato and tossing it in the ground, no real loss, right??

I think a container would work fine, but you would only be able to get 5 plants or so in a regular container and would need to supplement nutrition with compost, etc.

A pineapple head post is on its way!! I am just waiting for it to mature so I can take photos and share :) Anybody have any other good pantry planting success stories? It is QUICKLY becoming my favorite gardening activity :)

Your Frugal Friend, Niki Friday, July 15, 2011  

Oooh now THIS is exciting frugal news! I have never ever attempted to grow potatoes but how fun is that? My 6 year old would love it.

Good stuff here!

Miz Helen Saturday, July 16, 2011  

Hi Amy,
I just linger at every photo and I am amazed at every little detail of the photo. This is a great post! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week. Have a great week end!
Miz Helen

Wakela Runen Tuesday, July 19, 2011  

I remember growing potatoes for a school project many moons ago.

It would be nice to grow them in our backyard though.

Eileen Smith Wednesday, September 07, 2011  

Thanks for this! I grew potatos for the first time this year and LOVE the fun of digging for them with my hands. What is so cool is saying "I need potato for dinner" and then going out to my yard to get them. How cool is that?
I grew heirloom varieties that were soooo tasty and want to grow more, but no one is shipping seed potatoes now. But your post just solved that problem for me. ;)

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