If you are considering doing a little food gardening this year, you may want to add the humble potato to your list.
Potatoes are the world’s fourth largest food staple after wheat, corn and rice, and they’re grown commercially in 125 countries.
China is the world’s largest producer, and it’s estimated that the average global citizen eats about 33 kg of potatoes each year. Top consumers are Germans at over 90 kg per person annually.
Potatoes offer great return on your financial, and space, investment. They can be grown in large containers. Pic credit: Minter Country Garden. For 0308 col minter [PNG Merlin Archive]
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Potatoes offer great return on your financial, and space, investment. They can be grown in large containers.
Potatoes are classified as one of the world’s healthiest foods. Although spuds are 80 per cent water and 20 per cent solids, their nutritional value is impressive, particularly their high levels of Vitamins B6 and B3 and a wide range of trace elements. The only vitamins missing are A and D. They contain starch (a carbohydrate), but they are totally free of gluten, fat, sodium and cholesterol. So potatoes are good for us, when prepared without all the high-calorie extras.
For a little help in growing potatoes, I contacted Bill Zylmans who, with his wife Sandra, owns W & A Farms in Richmond, one of the larger Lower Mainland potato growers, and one of the main suppliers of seed potatoes in B.C.
Q: When can we plant potatoes?
A: When soil temperatures stay reasonably consistent at about 12 C (55 F), seed potatoes can be planted. The big thing is not to plant them too deep. Just set them in 5-8 centimetres maximum and no deeper. Make …read more
Source:: Vancouver Sun