The Health Benefits of Potatoes are Greater than you Might Think

The lowly Irish potato is a highly nutritious vegetable that is more than just a delicious accompaniment to a meal. In fact the health benefits of potatoes are so great, you could describe them as “underground health superstars”. All plants that support underground storage of nutrients in a modified plant structure (usually the thickened underground... Read the Rest of This Post... The post The Health Benefits of Potatoes are Greater than you Might Think appeared first on How to Grow Great Potatoes.

Posted by on 29 November 2013 | 6:00 am

Controversial Quest to Protect Potatoes in Ireland from Blight

Once the basic diet of the Irish, potatoes are once again the centre of attention in Ireland, with a decision by the country’s environmental protection agency to approve a trial of genetically modified potato crops. According to scientists, the motivation is to improve resistance of potatoes to blight. Various strains of this fungal disease have... Read the Rest of This Post... The post Controversial Quest to Protect Potatoes in Ireland from Blight appeared first on How to Grow Great Potatoes.

Posted by on 2 August 2012 | 10:56 am

The Real Cause of the Great Irish Famine

Commonly referred to as The Great Hunger, Ireland’s horrific famine of the 1840s ranks as one of the very worst tragedies in the history of mankind. It is a well-known fact that the massive failure of Ireland’s potato crops from 1845 to 1849 was caused by a fungus (Phytophthora infestans) that generated blight. At the... Read the Rest of This Post... The post The Real Cause of the Great Irish Famine appeared first on How to Grow Great Potatoes.

Posted by on 4 July 2012 | 7:45 am

What Causes Green Potatoes

Potatoes are one of the most nourishing foods on earth. But they can also be poisonous. You must never eat potatoes leaves. Commonly referred to as “potato greens”, the leaves are poisonous, and even eating the smallest amount, can make a person extremely ill. While the tuber itself is normally totally safe to eat, if... Read the Rest of This Post... The post What Causes Green Potatoes appeared first on How to Grow Great Potatoes.

Posted by on 7 June 2012 | 8:51 am

21st Century Infectious Potato Disease

A really nasty seed-borne bacterial blackleg disease, Dickeya solani is causing concern to potato farmers. First identified in Holland in 2005, Dickeya solani is an aggressive form of another type of blackleg disease, Dickeya dianthicola that has established itself in several countries in Europe, including Spain, France and Belgium, as well as in Finland and Poland. It has also spread to... Read the Rest of This Post... The post 21st Century Infectious Potato Disease appeared first on How to Grow Great Potatoes.

Posted by on 15 May 2012 | 6:23 pm

Storing Processed Potatoes

  Growing potatoes can be incredibly rewarding, particularly if you have the space to plant a fair number of them. Better still, if you get a particularly good crop, you can process some of them and store them for times when there aren’t any fresh tubers to harvest from your garden. The Best Ways to Process... Read the Rest of This Post... The post Storing Processed Potatoes appeared first on How to Grow Great Potatoes.

Posted by on 22 April 2012 | 7:12 am

Wild Potatoes are being used to Develop Commercial Potatoes that will Resist Disease

With potatoes being the number one veggie crop in the USA, it’s not surprising that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has dedicated a lot of time and money to doing all it can to develop potatoes that will resist the typical diseases that attack potatoes. It’s not just the damage from potato diseases... Read the Rest of This Post... The post Wild Potatoes are being used to Develop Commercial Potatoes that will Resist Disease appeared first on How to Grow Great Potatoes.

Posted by on 11 March 2012 | 11:19 am

Development of Disease- and Pest-Resistant Potatoes

All living organisms are prone to certain diseases, not least of which is the humble potato which, by the way, is the fourth largest crop in the world after wheat, rice and corn! In fact the potato is prone to so many different diseases, and is attacked by so many lethal pests, that horticulturists have... Read the Rest of This Post... The post Development of Disease- and Pest-Resistant Potatoes appeared first on How to Grow Great Potatoes.

Posted by on 20 February 2012 | 4:54 am

A Tater Story

And now for a bit of light hearted fun! A Girl Potato and  Boy Potato had eyes for each other,and finally they got married, and  had a little sweet potato, which they called ‘Yam’. Of course,  they wanted the best for Yam. When it was time, they told her  about the facts of life. They... Read the Rest of This Post... The post A Tater Story appeared first on How to Grow Great Potatoes.

Posted by on 4 February 2012 | 8:16 pm

Why You Should Grow Disease Resistant Potatoes

The great Irish famine of the mid-19th century shows us how vulnerable potatoes can be when it comes to disease. Potato blight, caused by a rampant fungus caused a massive crop failure throughout Ireland, leading to famine and starvation. Many of those who survived the famine decided to emigrate to far-off lands like North America... Read the Rest of This Post... The post Why You Should Grow Disease Resistant Potatoes appeared first on How to Grow Great Potatoes.

Posted by on 13 January 2012 | 6:09 am