Easy Potatoes

I sowed 8 potatoes from my kitchen cupboard back in mid-August. By mid-December they were ready to harvest. I left them in the ground for a while because I was still eating the last harvest of potatoes. But when I finally dug them up, I had 2 1/2 kilos of beautiful potatoes waiting for me.


I don’t think all 8 sprouted – maybe 5 – but I’m not complaining, how could I? In 4 months my simple kitchen potatoes produced a yummy pile of new kitchen potatoes with zero care and attention required on my part – they didn’t have any problem with insects, I watered them but only when everything else needed a drink, I didn’t have to worry about them getting too hot or withered or woody if I didn’t harvest at their peak, even the possums and bandicoots left them alone. I buried them and then a score of weeks later came back and harvested; I can’t think of anything easier than that.


About Laura Rittenhouse

I'm an American-Australian author, gardener and traveller. Go to my writing website: www.laurarittenhouse.com for more. If you're trying to find my gardening blog, it's here.
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5 Responses to Easy Potatoes

  1. Good result! I think some things go better than others because of soil, climate etc and I prefer to grow the stuff that grows with the least intervention possible.

  2. Linda says:

    If only they didn’t take up so much room! They look beautiful! I do agree about plants with little intervention, but I have an itch for a challenge sometimes…!

    • They don’t take up any more room that broccoli does for the amount of food they produce – in fact I’d say they take up less room.

      Oh, if you like a challenge, then gardening is definitely the hobby for you!

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