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Old 07-19-2010, 10:03 AM
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If you buy organic potatoes at a farmers market you'd probably be fine using those.
Totally agree- I use regular organic grown taters and never had a problem.
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Years ago I planted potatoes like Kev suggested and they did well untill the potatoes bugs found them.

This year (in a total different state). I decided to plant whole potatoes instead (thinking I might get some really big potatoes. wrong! Most of the potatoes just rotted. I ended up with 4 (very late sprouting) plants that seem to be healthy but growing very slowly.

Next year I will do it like Kev says.
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I live in a temperate zone where we don't get ground freeze in winter. My potatoes volunteer each year now and after a few years they seem to have adapted to any diseases because they don't have any any more. At first some had bad bits. But not any longer. So I no longer plant them, I just harvest them from wherever they come up and leave the small ones in the ground. I always miss one or two anyway when I'm harvesting.
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I heard that during the Irish Potato Famine (so named because potatoes was about all they had)
Actually it was caused because most Irish planted the same type of potatoes and planted them close together and a blight hit the potato crop and due to the fact they were all the same type of potato planted so close together the disease just spread much like a plague would among humans killing the entire crop. As a result they had no crops, potato or otherwise and hence had a famine where thousands died from starvation some estimates have it as high as a million deaths.

The issues were also exacerbated by the political, cultural, and economic issues as well as the potato being the main food stay for most Irish.
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We got a good crop just planting the peelings 2 years ago.
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A few years ago I planted potatoes and just kept covering them with straw as they grew ( I am lazy and was trying my best to do nothing). It got to be quite a large straw pile and looked like crap but it actually worked quite well. I had to be sure the layering was thick enough to prevent sunburn to the potatoes and it became quite an enormous mound by the end of the season. Super easy though to gather up the tubers, just pull the straw back and voila, there they were. As a bonus, just till the straw in at the end of the season for plenty of organic material. I don't see why everybody doesn't do this. I think I need to get motivated for potatoes again!
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We grow ours above ground in tires and some in a box similar to the one below......
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I have a potato patch out behind the house. I tilled out an area a few years ago, dumped my sack of sprouted potatoes (ie: the remains of the 50lb sack that sprouted before we ate them all) and covered them with grass clippings and leaves raked from the yard adding more as needed.

They grew great. Each fall after digging up the potatoes I keep a 50lb sack of potatoes in the corner of my basement where it's dark and relatively cool against the block wall on the floor with a couple empty feed sacks underneath. In the spring I spread them out in the potato bed and cover with grass/leaves again. They do get soft and wrinkly by then but they're also sprouted nicely and just begging to be put out in the bed to grow.

They really are very forgiving. They grow around my compost pile quite often. The little ones we find there (we don't leave them long enough to get big over there) find their way into my soup pot.
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Actually it was caused because most Irish planted the same type of potatoes and planted them close together and a blight hit the potato crop and due to the fact they were all the same type of potato planted so close together the disease just spread much like a plague would among humans killing the entire crop. As a result they had no crops, potato or otherwise and hence had a famine where thousands died from starvation some estimates have it as high as a million deaths.

The issues were also exacerbated by the political, cultural, and economic issues as well as the potato being the main food stay for most Irish.
Thanks for the correction -- I had it wrong completely then.
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