Potatoes Five Ways: A Trial Looking at Different Potato-Growing Methods

Potatoes are an underappreciated garden crop. People can survive on this tuber alone because it contains everything for complete nutrition. Spuds thrive in diverse soils and climates. They store well and are easy to plant and care for. Because potatoes are cheap in the grocery store, many gardeners opt not to cultivate them, but for … More Potatoes Five Ways: A Trial Looking at Different Potato-Growing Methods

Input Data for the Potato Harvest — Lab Note 2.03

We just finished the last harvest for our potato plant study. We are comparing the growth, labor, and yield of five different potato-growing ideas: trench and hill, straw mulch, newspaper-and-straw mulch, containers, and towers. In order to help others reproduce our study or grow potatoes using these techniques, we are providing detailed instructions on our … More Input Data for the Potato Harvest — Lab Note 2.03

Initial Potato Harvest Data — Lab Note 2.03

We just finished the last harvest for our potato plant study. We are comparing the growth, labor, and yield of five different potato-growing ideas: trench and hill, straw mulch, newspaper-and-straw mulch, containers, and towers. In order to help others reproduce our study or grow potatoes using these techniques, we are providing detailed instructions on our … More Initial Potato Harvest Data — Lab Note 2.03

Care for Potato Plots — Lab Note 2.02

Recently we helped plant out ten plots for our potato plant study. We are comparing the growth, labor, and yield of five different potato-growing ideas: trench and hill, straw mulch, newspaper-and-straw mulch, containers, and towers. In order to help others reproduce our study or grow potatoes using these techniques, we are providing detailed instructions on … More Care for Potato Plots — Lab Note 2.02

In the News: Institute-Supported Potato Study

As readers of the blog will know, the institute is supporting a USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education–funded potato study. In short, we’re comparing the growing methods commonly used in gardens: potato towers, containers, sheet-and-straw mulch, straw mulch, and trench and hill (as a control). Last week we had a Jim Dayton, a reporter from … More In the News: Institute-Supported Potato Study

Research Project No. 2 — Comparing Potato-Growing Methods

The institute is partnering with a group of independent market farmers to test potato-growing methods. We will be sharing the progress and results of this study on our digital platforms and providing logistical support to this citizen-science effort. Funding for the project has been provided by the USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education organization. Abstract … More Research Project No. 2 — Comparing Potato-Growing Methods

Call for Study Participants — Potato Growing

The institute will be assisting with an agricultural study in 2018. Please see below and get in contact with Scott if interested. Study Summary Potatoes are one of the most productive plants per area. They grow in poor soils and provide complete nutrition. Ancient and modern growers have devised strategies to maximize yield and simplify … More Call for Study Participants — Potato Growing