You Say Potayto, I Say Potahto

We’ve already professed our love for sweet potatoes on a previous blog post, but we cannot forget about ordinary potatoes!

This weekend’s workday was spent trying to catch up on the late planting season by planting potatoes.

So many potatoes drying out in the McMichael greenhouse.

So many potatoes drying out in the McMichael greenhouse.

Growing potatoes is a funny process. First, you need potatoes to grow potatoes. Specifically, use “seed” potatoes, which just means a cut up part of a potato or a small whole potato. Ideally, the seed potato should have at least two “eyes”.

No, I don't mean actual eyes

No, I don’t mean actual eyes

The “eyes” of a potato are the tiny sprouts out of the potato. This is how potatoes grow, similar to how a plant grows out of a seed. Using the tool in the picture below, holes are made half a foot or so into the ground and the potato or potato pieces are planted.

Allison digs holes while Carrie deposits the mini potato or potato pieces

Allison digs holes while Carrie deposits the mini potato or potato pieces

Potato or potato pieces in the newly dug holes

Potato or potato pieces in the newly dug holes

Hannah raking dirt over the new potato bed

Hannah cleaning up a potato bed

You may say potayto, and I may say potahto, but we can both agree that potatoes are an excellent and delicious crop to plant. Check out the food page to learn about easy and healthy recipes using potatoes.

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