Grow potatoes as a popular food crop and improve your garden soil at the same time. Potatoes are nitrogen fixing and a great crop to grow in new residential yards.
Potatoes can be grown in a wide variety of soils, but prefer deep, well drained loam. Plant in full sun and keep moist throughout the growing season.
Allow potatoes to dry on the ground but shaded from sunlight, for 2-3 hours after harvesting to harden the skin before storage. Potatoes need a cool, dark storage place with a temperature ideally between 3-5oC (35-40oF)
The Potato (Solanum tuberosum) belongs to the same genus as Nightshades, which includes tomato, eggplant, bell peppers and tobacco. The stems, leaves and green berries have the poisonous properties of the nightshades. Never eat anything green from a potato. Store in a dark, cool and dry place as light will cause solanine to form on the skin. Green skinned potatoes can have a disagreeable taste and may cause temporary digestive discomfort.
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