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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Potato Banter

While all the veggies we pack into our gardens, like tomatoes and greens make for a nice salad, one of the easiest crops to grow that is often overlooked by home gardeners is the potato. Packed with carbs and protein, this is a must-have staple for the kitchen and those long winter days. Here are a few good reasons to sow your own potatoes:

* With good growing conditions, 10 lbs. of seed potatoes can yield 100 lbs. of potatoes. An average of $20.00/bag for seed potatoes yields 100 lbs., which works out to be approximately .20 cents/lb.
* Price comparison for Yukon Gold potatoes: home-grown versus supermarket (.20 cents/lb. to roughly .75 cents/lb.)
* Drought-tolerant
* Space requirements for growing are minimal. (Same as beans and tomatoes planted in a row.)
* Stores for months if kept in cool, dry conditions. (Ideal for winter home-grown veggies.)
* Taste, flavor and texture is par to none; beats the pants off any store-bought potato.
* The nutritional value of potatoes cannot be understated - loaded with good calories and protein; an absolute necessity for vitamin C.

If you are looking for a recommendation for a certain potato, you can try growing some of the fingerling types. When roasted, the flavor and consistency is outstanding. Plus you can only find these potatoes in gourmet restaurants or select markets at a very dear price.

So don’t overlook the importance of calories and protein when those winter days roll around. And in the words of Oprah Winfrey, “My idea of heaven is a great big baked potato and someone to share it with.”

Image of Fingerling potatoes from the Internet

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