Vines are relatively compact and bear their full crop in a period of one to two months. For full sized, mature potatoes, you should probably opt for determinate varieties. I have found that gold’s grow better then any of the other potatoes try them this year and add another two layers. I’m worried my towers will be less than this. Sweet potatoes are usually orange but also found in other colors, such as white, red, pink, violet, yellow, and purple. I leave my potatoes until everything has yellowed and died, I then move them into the garage for winter and harvest as I need then one bag at a time. Not to contradict you, but are you sure you only planted a pound of seed potatoes (a pound is approx. Storage: Store sweet potatoes in a cool, dry spot. . Adirondack red potatoes have mottled pink blushed flesh and red skins. This year I planted an old truck bed liner (we had swapped out for the spray on type). • Potatoes can be grown in a wide range of environments. It made a huge pile of leaf mulch for the spring. for us. where did u get your seed potatoes? For more information, visit the Sweet Potatoes page in our How to Grow section. The blue and purple generally don’t do as well because they require a longer growing season. I ask because i live in Tx as well and am about 9-20-35 days late depending on your source in planting my potaoes and wonder if it is too late? Approx 4th of July reach under your plants and carefully remove the largest potato from each mound for a nice foretaste of what is to come. Any potato is a seed potato. All the varieties described below are technically sweet potatoes, though they’re often called yams. It’s time to do this again. Not all varieties grow upwards successfully. Placed 6″ of Tagro in the bottom & planted blue potatoes every 12″ or so. I planted on May 11 and dug up 1 plant yesterday, August 7, 88 days after planting. Indeterminate tomato plants can be spaced between 12″ and 18″ apart. Your email address will not be published. Incidentally, yams and sweet potatoes are different. Agreed. It is nearly impossible to determine the difference by looking at an eye or sprout of a potato. http://cropwatch.unl.edu/potato/yukongold_management. He also nipped out the blossoms if any occurred. I planted a tower this year with the straw on the outside and the dirt in the middle. I’ve always had wonderful luck just hilling them up as they grow with grass clippings, hay straw, weeds, newspaper, compost, anything organic to keep the stem covered so more tubers could grow. here it comes!!!! Los Angeles CA area. You just move the straw over to harvest clean potatoes as you need them. They are so juicy, you can eat them raw in the garden. Volunteers come up on their own. I think I will try to toss a couple potatoes in the big raised bed this fall and see if cooler weather makes them happier by spring. Yet. I’m just wondering since your results would be a 45/1 yield. Of course if I knew what varieties those actually WERE, I’d tell you. Soil temp is important for potatoes. I also tried burlap bag last year without much results but I think my wTeri g was not consistent. What variety did you use? I’m using raised bed intensive gardening methods, so you would expect higher yields that those obtained by farmers using traditional farming methods. I know I’m late to the party but I’m very interested in this subject. there is a web site called Winter Sown that teaches planting or sowing seeds in the winter to come up in the spring. Our reds though, SO MANY!!! I don’t know if it’s not warm enough here, or what the problem was. Seed Count: 2 lbs. I’m guess that in your case Tower 3 yielded the most because it allowed some air to get into the soil. Boo! Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips! Determinate crops, tend to mean bushy in nature but restricted somehow, such as in height or cropping (single crop of a specific size). I am going to do a trash can next season as I hear that works well too……. They can be used to make any number of fried potato preparations such as steak fries, hash browns, shoestring potatoes, French fries, potato skins, chips, and Hasselback potatoes. I have heard that if you let banana peels dry out on top of your soil you can chop Final harvest – about 8 pounds of potatoes. Remember, when you are ready to use them, wash with plain cold water and a scrub brush first. I’ve read about towers producing very high amounts of potatoes, but after doing more research, I found gardeners everywhere were NOT having those sorts of results. The tubers harvest clean too. However, if the plant’s stems just keep growing up and up, it’s indeterminate, a fact you can confirm by mounding the stems and checking to see if new tubers form in the added layer. Potatoes with red skin are healthier than, for example, bland Russets. I placed the bags tight next to each other and surrounded them with 4 ft. plastic fencing to keep the vines upright to help shade the tubers and to keep them off the ground which helps keep crawling bugs out. They also offer free tomato seeds for a SASE sent to them.. The plants will only grow to a certain size and will only grow up to a certain amount of potatoes. There are a ton of different kinds of sweet potatoes from Beauregard to Regal, but it’s hard to find most of them in the store. The namesake of a famed singer, actor and social justice activist. Pull any weeds and check for beetles every other day minimum and you will have the most fantastic french fries you ever had. Copyright © 2020 One Hundred Dollars a Month - Disclosure Policy - Design by Sharon Hujik, North Central and Rockies Region Planting Guide, How to Find Vegetable Starts for Your Garden In October - Steal Them From Your Neighbor. Thanks for that info. Any yours look beautiful!! My city does curbside yard waste pickup. The reason is in the skin color. 🙂 I have a question for everyone who used straw in the tower: did you have a rodent problem? Learn more about red potatoes varieties in this article. Hi Mavis. Before planting and after they blossom add fertilizer about every 2 weeks but only if not too hot and you water every other day with lots of water. Red potato varieties are also a good source of vitamin B6; are fat, sodium and cholesterol free; and (this was a shocker) are an excellent source of potassium – even more than a banana! ONE with red somethingorother. Of course, there is always an exception. I have been growing my potatoes different, but I am going to do it your way. What we want to use in the tower is the indeterminate type. I also tried mastic buckets but those did not produce much either. Sweet potatoes are good for eating according to the owner of OHG. My sweet potatoes are super green and vibrant. My sweets are vining everywhere and looking totally green, but since my red and white towers yeilded so few taters, I doubt my sweet towers will do so well. This way, potatoes are produced in several layers of the bin instead of just one layer in the garden. Required fields are marked *. I planted 2 seed potatoes per bag except the bag I dug up yesterday only had 1 plant. I am eager to try it just so long as I find the right variety of potato! We don’t get many, and if you don’t find all of them they will come up again from the unfound ones. My favorite potato is “Yukon Gold”, an early variety. I’m in Western Washington, too…south Snohomish County. or do you have to wait for a layer to start growing, direct the plant out the side & then layer more seed potatoes, dirt & straw? I’ve used the black fabric potato bags and garbage cans. I threw some sprouted potatoes in my compost pile in early spring. I got beautiful plants and lots of leaves but no spuds! Next year I’m going to try a no dig method by placing seed potatoes under cardboard or 6 layers of newspaper with the seeds just laying directly on top of the dirt then covering the vines as they grow with just straw. You need late season to keep growing and producing potatoes. We hilled as they grew (rototilled between rows and raked the loose dirt up around the plants until they became too tall to continue). “The potato is excellent in salad, boiled, baked and roasted. I water mine twice daily and feed once a week. I live in Bulverde ,TX,JUST 30 MIN. I’ll try the towers this year. Think I’ll be looking for another bed liner on Craig’s list for Russian fingerlings for next year. I get volunteers of all sorts in my compost bin. Sweet potatoes are from the morning glory family, Convolvulaceae, and white potatoes are nightshades, or Solanaceae. Most determinate garden plants are labeled as ‘bush’ variety, though many of them don’t actually grow into bushes. They had plenty of drainage holes but because of all the rain that year the plastic held the moisture and they rotted. For those who don’t know, you need late-season potatoes for towers or bags to do much. However you need a multicrop potato in order to do this – there are some good books on Amazon which detail which potato for which situation or google and choose which potato(s) are good for you. They have thin skins which can, and should, be left on which means no more peeling. Since 1987, this variety has become one of the world’s most popular and for good reason. This post may contain affiliate links. I was sooooo excited! It is a determinate type. Treat sweet potatoes in the same way and you’ll get good crops. I think the key was that they were at the bottom of the pile, where the ground was still really cold (I live in New England). I’m on less than a 1/2 acre suburban plot so if the towers work that would be wonderful, it’ll make rotating my veggies easier. Late season alternatives to yukon gold are Yellow Fin and Binjte. from http://ipcm.wisc.edu/download/vgu/Vegetable%20Crop%20Update%20%2316.pdf. Indeterminate varieties will continue to grow until killed by frost. cover with straw stack another tireand do the same as high as you want! We had one row devoted to the potatoes but only had about 25 lbs too mostly small ones. However, short season potatoes set a certain quantity of potatoes, then they die down. What USDA zone are you in? (both sweets and Irish) That w/ the Irish potatoes, just like tomatoes, there are determinate and indeterminate varieties. Do you happen to know which type Yukon Golds are? The edible part of these plants are the tubers that grow on the roots. Indeterminates are suited for towers. 🙂. I would like a clear list of which potatoes are indeterminate so I can plant those! All this sophisticated ways of growing the good ol’ spud! http://cropwatch.unl.edu/potato/yukongold_management, http://ipcm.wisc.edu/download/vgu/Vegetable%20Crop%20Update%20%2316.pdf. I did a yard cleanup and covered them with all the weeds and leaves that I failed to rake up in the fall. Are they right around where you planted the seed potatoes, or are they distributed throughout the towers? Of course if I knew what varieties those actually WERE, I’d tell you. I love your ideas and money saving tipes thank you so much for helping all of us. Some were volunteers from last year. Determinate varieties are relatively small, bushy and compact. So with potatoes, if you leave a tiny potato in the ground, the following spring, it will grow and produce more potatoes, with no work on your part. Slicing Tomato seeds - Paul Robeson [Solanum lycopersicum] Indeterminate. Your tip on taking the tower into The garage for the winter is awesome! I’m in zone 5. Yesterday I headed out the the garden with high expectations of harvesting a bumper crop of potatoes from our three potato towers {I’m saving the ones we having growing in the compost pile for this weekend}. Hey Mavis. Each tower produced hugely. In some parts of North America, sweet potatoes are called yams. I think we are zone 5. we plow the garden each fall with a 2bottom plow, disc in the spring, and then farmboy rototills for all he is worth before we plant and after the plants are up far enough to hill them. This variety’s color does fade when cooked, but only to a mauve shade. It also doesn’t make sense to leave them in the ground past their point of full maturity because they won’t set any more potatoes. What you also have to remember is that the towers only took up a percentage of the ground area against planting the same ammount of potatoes traditionally, so for a small garden they might be a more effective use of your growing space. A lot of the later season varieties tend to grow far larger potatoes with a lot more foliage. Red Bliss is probably the variety that most people are familiar with but by no means the only variety. Try Burpee's Potato Planter to avoid digging and mounding. With the left over mashed…she’d make potato cakes….nothing like the real home grown foods…..Betty. That’s above average. From what I have found on other sites there are two different types of potatoes. Each of our varieties is field-tested by our research team and selected for flavor, texture, vigor, yield, and disease resistance. Determinate vs. Indeterminate Potatoes. I got 5 nice sized potatoes, I’m guessing 1 1/2 pounds. I’m going to try a tower this year, setting up a sprayer for irrigation, I’m worried it will dry out thru the sides. Then let them grow, when they look almost dead dig them up, leave them on the ground for one day. I’m curious as to how many pounds you planted in the towers? Most potato varieties are determinate. ONE with purplebluesomethingigotatthefarmersmarket. But this year, I gave them plenty of water. Now the question is, should I try this again next year, and if I do, how am I going to change things up so I get a bigger yield? I plant mine in raised beds (like yours) and get an average of 10-12 pounds for every pound planted. Indeterminate, but behaves like a determinateƚ: Russet Norkota, Gold Rush I’m starting to get worried because they have not yet flowered… Are sweet potatoes supposed to flower? is ones u did not plant but came up on it’s own from seeds from last year or bird droppings etc. Your email address will not be published. TONS of straw. I am going to try this method out next year as I don’t have a very big area for growing vegies. Potato Plants. From all three. Hi, I don’t have time to read all the replys so I don’t know if anyone mentioned this, but it might be your soil. My Dad used to “hill” the potatoes. Hate wasting resources. I really like the Norlan reds variety. Most, however, are determinate. One thing I see in your pictures is branches growing out of the sides of the towers, not great. But I didn’t get even 2lbs of potatoes, and most were the size of walnuts. I occasionally dusted very lightly with Sevin since there was evidence of chewing but I didn’t actually see what type of bugs were involved. Apparently they tend to be the late varieties, but not always. These affiliate links help support this site. So assuming each piece of potato you planted averaged 2 ounces and counting the four volunteers you can assume a 26/1 yield. Sweet potatoes do ok, and yes, they do bloom here. Some favorite Indeterminate varieties… I tend to like bi-colors like Mr. Stripey, Chocolate Stripes, and Paul Robeson for their rich taste sliced or chopped into a salad. I had wound the end of my soaker hose up from the bottom of the tower thru the middle of the compost, so it received plenty of moisture. I have had volunteer potatoes grow from just peeling in my compost heap! That way you have many feet of buried stem to make tubers. I have a terrible microclimate in my yard for vegetable gardening, but the potatoes are soooo reliable. Determinate potatoes rarely grow very tall and are often early to bloom. This tower was planted with alternating layers of potatoes, dirt, potatoes, straw, potatoes and dirt. Lots of potatoes that year. The late variety will set fruit multiple times as the plant is buried. As you pile more bedding in, pull all the plants back into the middle. I was really hoping you would unlock some big secret for me to replicate next year. Determinate types (most early varieties) tend to fruit all at one time, and indeterminate types fruit over long periods of time. My blues are the fastest to harvest and produce the biggest yields of any of the varieties we’ve tried. If I have extra seeds I share w/ them. Thanks for checking. Yukon Gold is an early variety that only sets potatoes once; hilling or boxing them does no good and in fact lowers yield. The only drawback is mice and slugs might be a problem with these methods but I think it’s worth a try. Even the greenest thumb couldn’t get yields like that. Waiting till late Oct before I tip that over-as long as it’s died back by then. We have grown potatoes from the peelings… not needing seed potatoes. I also tried doing potatoes this year in several large containers- I harvested them yesterday and was really disappointed- the size and yield was incredibly low. Thinking I will stick to the traditional method from now on. Our compost is made using dry maple leaves and fresh grass clippings. They are generally described as short season, medium season, or long season rather than determinate or indeterminate. What we want to use in the tower is the indeterminate type. Indeterminate: Russet Burbank, Snowden, Bancock Russet There are so many choices when considering growing red potatoes. The early variety tends to set potatoes once and then mature. It’s been a few years and I suspect that the experiment wasn’t repeated. From what I’ve read, determine varieties don’t work well in a tower because they set one batch of tubers. Will try taters again in a raised bed with peas next year. So, one fall I gathered a ‘ton’ or two or three of leaves (the city does not mind this). I think the mulch holds it’s water well and stays light. Allow them to grow an additional 6 inches, and almost bury them again. TY. What are the name of some late season potatoes? That’s what I know. Georgia's climate is well-suited to growing most varieties of potatoes; you can start as early as February in the southern third of the state. I’ll try to remember to do that next year. Make sure there is an eye in each section. Carrots work very well in a deep box lined. I have 65 pounds of potatoes. Potatoes, like their cousins the tomato, come in determinate and indeterminate varieties. I hear that they’re fond of straw and we have plenty of them around. – 4th most consumed. They were even on the skinny side compared to some carrots. List of indeterminate and determinate potato varieties. I have a relatively large garden with every square inch accounted for but with these towers having such a small footprint you can put them just about anywhere. Well good, I feel better now. We used straw around the sides, top and bottom, and the center was filled with compost, and it settled to about 2/3rds it original height over the summer (pretty sure that was a big part of my sad yield). First, I’d like to thank you for all the great information you provide on your site. nothing like fresh potatoes. In the very top of the potato bag I tend to grow little gem lettuces or basically any salad leaf you fancy. In fact, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Once the plant got tallish he would add dirt up to the leaves – not over the top of them. The garbage can method could prevent that, but I’m trying to use a system with a lighter footprint. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Seven dust in a homeade shaker under the leaves or pinch the eggs off with your fingers. Potassium to produce better. The best year I had success wise was when I used split firewood to form a circle and hold up the sides so I could pile the dirt high and it wouldn’t just slough down. Last year I tried growing potatoes in two compost bins. Great job Paula! Boy was I wrong. How did you prep your soil? u did a great job. I was looking forwRs we ordered the seed potatoes in a 50#bag from the local hardware store in my farmboy’s hometown in northwest ohio.we get those and onion sets every year from them. I wish I could post a pic here. I will try again next year, perhaps using more straw mixed into the compost. I’ll tell you what I know… not a suggestion though. These varieties are compact and dwarf in height (3-4 feet), and will produce new fruit throughout the season. Lots of work and little yield. Love this post! Thanks! My wife and I have been gardening our own food for years. The farther north in the state you live, however, the later you will need to plant your crops. I sure am curious how they will turn out! Most have white to off-white flesh, which contrasts nicely with their different hues of red. Determinate and indeterminate potatoes are defined by growth patterns. I haven’t harvested my tower yet because the leaves are still a healthy green, and I’m hoping they will yield larger potatoes. Just wondering, anyone in zone 18-21 Sunset Western Garden Guide growing potatoes? I think it’s amazing how much we can subsist on stuff that we are able to grow ourselves instead of being dependent on grocery stores. Excellent yield! I have just recently been told that the variety of potato matters. I grew the … Straw (especially peastraw) is high in nitrogen which produces lots of lush lovely leaves. Therefore, you can use both determinate or indeterminate varieties of tubers for this purpose. I read that you need a mix of compost, peat, and vermiculite to grow the potatoes in. Determinate Tomatoes. Lots of water for lots of blossoms. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. The layers of hay probably prevented the packing. I haven’t weight them, but I would guess that a full bucket weighs at least 15 pounds, maybe more. I just made my first tower yesterday so we’ll see how that works 🙂. heck, It is by far our favourite for mashing, but they don’t mash well until late September.” ... these varieties have the ability to continually produce potatoes due to their indeterminate growing habits. Sign up for our newsletter. I tried a tower with sweet potatoes this year. So perhaps you need to use potato fertilizer too? Why Potatoes? I tried that and had poor results then I read this which may be your problem. The mulch is just for keeping the soil from drying out. put a tire down fill with straw, (or old leaves) dirt and a little manure throw potatoes in whole And item that I view as labor intensive. My neighbor did this with his bins and tripled what he planted. I got a total of 6 potatoes. I think I cooked more potatoes in my towers than i grew! When I first did sweet potatoes, I never saw a flower and had an enormous amount of potatoes. Maybe some seeds carried in w/ your dirt. To the tower results to try next year also. Also, people don’t understand (I didn’t) determinate vs indeterminate potatoes. I tried using a method of not hilling and it was really a Boo. Potatoes with red skin are not only pretty, but their bright color makes them extra nutritious as well and those aren’t the only reasons for growing red potatoes. Potatoes with red skin are not only pretty, but their bright color makes them extra nutritious as well, and those aren’t the only reasons for growing red potatoes. You only get potatoes in the bottom 6 inches, which is what I got. I think with indeterminate you start with a few seed potatoes at the bottom and keep adding soil as you see green growth though the top. Red potatoes have less of a starchy texture and more of a waxy one. Wasted less dirt that way. Contrast this growth habit with indeterminate varieties, the large plants in most home gardens. I always line the bottom 6 inches with shredded paper, rotted horse manure, good compost, soil and a water retainer of some kind and have a drainpipe with holes drilled in it down the centre of the bag stuffed with shredded paper – I water down the drainpipe and the water seeps out – and water the bag itself – I ALSO feed the potatoes, as the potato plants grow I unroll about 4 inches of the bag and add compost until only the very tops of the leaves are poking out and continue like that until all the bag height is used, then mound up the very top. Final Harvest – about 12 pounds of spuds. It has a creamy texture. Indeterminate potato varieties, which flower continuously throughout the growing season, are better for bin growing. lol. of soil, making them excellent for gardeners will little space Because they grow fast, these potatoes tend to be a bit smaller than their indeterminate counterparts, … Back to the basic next year. Such a deal at 69 cents per bag and they should last multiple seasons 🙂 🙂 🙂 Before setting the seeds I poked drainage holes in the bottom and sides of the bags using a digging fork. We will be growing potatoes in our garden next season. I grown potatoes in 75 litre black bags, – anything larger and the crop doesn’t increaser I just use more materials and water and get no extra crop. Also, do you think I can use last year’s cut horse hay instead of straw? Mavis, when you planted tower #3 did you plant all the layers of potatoes at once? So far my best results stemmed from using the “old fashioned” tried and true methods of hilling. Long season potatoes will, if you continue to hill them up at a judicious rate, continue to form tubers until cut short by cold weather. Yukon Golds, and all early varieties set fruit once and do not do well in towers. Antioxidants make the spuds more nutritious and a diet rich in antioxidants helps to lower your risk of cancer. It’s also fun to dig your hand in gently through the mesh to pick a few taters very young. We just planted them in the ground. • Consumption: − Processed as french fries, potato chips, dehydrated products − Fresh potatoes are baked, boiled, put in … Double boo! of seed potatoes will make about 10 - 15 potato … Just need to transport & locate onto your property; & dig them into the ground if you want. In fact, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. I had no idea potatoes came in determinate and indeterminate varieties. Cured sweet potatoes keep up to 6 months when stored around 60°F with high humidity. 🙂. 8 to 10 2-3 inch seed potatoes)? I have higher hopes for the next potato planting with plans to layer dirt, seed, dirt, seed, dirt. It was recommended to keep the soil light so they grow better. A lot of banana peels this winter and try it next spring, I have some towers still growing strong. 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