Saturday, April 20, 2013

How to grow potatoes

Grow PotatoesWith the way things are at present financially and environmentally, more and more people are learning how to grow their own veggies at home. Not only does this save money, but the veggies taste a whole lot better than anything you can buy at a store!

Potatoes are one of the most popular home grown vegetables as theyre relatively easy to grow and you dont need a lot of space.  You can even grow them in bags on a balcony.

However there are a few rules to follow to avoid diseased potatoes, so its best to get some expert advice so you know exactly what to do and what to look out for.

I didn't know this, but apparently there's well over a 1000 known varieties of potatoes in existence around the world. Can you believe it?

Heirloom varieties are famous for their flavours, and equally notorious for growing well in some areas, but not in others.

Apparently when selecting varieties for your garden, you should consider your main cooking use, variety productivity, suitability to your soil conditions and disease resistance. The potato variety that you pick should also be a good fit for your climate because healthy plants produce better-tasting tubers.

I can recommend the ebook "How to Grow Great Potatoes" as the most comprehensive  guide on what to do. It was co-authored by a world leading horticultural expert on potatoes, who works full time advising professional growers.  She has a Masters Degree in Plant Pathology and Nutrition - so she knows a thing or two about pest, disease, nutrition and cultivation.

It is 105 pages long and contains over 120 colour images.  It covers history, health benefits, varieties, planting in a garden or a container, nutrition, watering, pests, diseases, harvesting and lots more  Its beautifully designed and illustrated and comes with two bonus ebooks, How to Grow Jerusalem Artichokes and The Yummy Potato Cookbook.

If you've ever had problems with your home grown potatoes, or just wish you knew exactly what to do, How to Grow Great Potatoes is chock full of incredible information. Written by a plant nutrition and disease specialist who is an expert advisor to professional growers and horticulturists, it's jam packed with all sorts of great info, including  colour photos. It contains a wealth of information on varieties, soil preparation, growing in tyres or bags, nutrition, disease control and pest control.  I can highly recommend purchasing it - it's available as an ebook for instant download and comes with 2 free bonuses -a book on growing Jerusalem Artichokes and great little potato cookbook.

This book contains 11 beautifully illustrated chapters which cover everything from soil preparation, planting, watering,  nutrition and controlling pests and diseases.

I love this book. It's got a quick start guide for beginners and quite advanced information for seasoned growers.  Co-Author Lucia Grimmer holds a Masters Degree in Plant Pathology and Nutrition - so she knows a thing or two about pest, disease, nutrition and cultivation.

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