Some garden pests prove to be true adversaries. Creative measures may be necessary to protect the garden from such nemeses.
I wrote about managing aphids in my last pest control post. Soft and slow, aphids are a relative walk in the park compared to others. My most troublesome nemesis has been the Bagrada bug. For persistent pests like these you might want to consider trying to prevent them from ever getting near your plants.
A store-bought potato is a mere shadow of its home-grown counterpart. I recommend growing fingerling and waxy varieties as these are the most delicious and most expensive at the market. If you tend to purchase these types of potatoes this might just be a crop where a small-scale planting can save you some money. A pound of seed potatoes will cost you around $5 and will ideally yield around 10 pounds of mature tubers.
What a Potato Prefers
- Season:A cool season crop; hot soil (around 26oC/80oF) causes plants to stop producing tubers
- Sun: Full blast
- Moisture:Well-drained and consistently moist
- Soil Fertility: Mid-range feeders; will grow in moderate fertility but will flourish in rich soil
- Soil pH:Acidic
- Other Soil Characteristics: Loose and free of stones
- What to Plant: Seed potatoes
- Spacing: 12 inches between seed pieces; 2 - 3 feet between rows
- Planting Depth: 1 inch
How to Grow Some Potatoes…