Why NOT to Plant Potatoes in Your Garden and other Garden Questions Answered

Why NOT to Plant Potatoes in Your Garden and other Garden Questions Answered

This is John Kohler with GrowingYourGreens.com.
Today we have another exciting episode for ya. What I’m gonna do today is answer your
questions. So if you post a question on my channel page or email me through YouTube,
it may actually end up in a video like this, or it may not get answered at all. The best
place to post a question is right below the video! Right down below, and many times I
do read the comments, but a lot of times I don’t answer it. I just don’t have the
time to answer every particular comment although I try to answer as my as I can. In any case,
let’s get right into the questions today. First question is from Mayor of Poof City:
For your Chilean guava berries, does it need acidic soil like blueberries? Half peat moss
and half soil, or twenty-five percent peat moss in a pot?
So the Chilean guava berries, also known as ugni berries, also known as tazi berries,
I just got them in the pot. I just transferred them into the pot with some compost. I never
even really paid attention to the soil, to be honest with you. I know that some people
say you’re supposed to have some acidic soil and I haven’t found that to be true.
The one thing that I have found to be true is that you don’t want them to get too dry.
They don’t like drying out, especially in a pot. I have been successful making some
fruit in pot culture, although I’m gonna be getting those in the ground as soon as
possible and put them in a good sunny spot, I think would be my recommendation. So yeah,
if you want to do some good compost and add some acidic soil in there, might be good,
but I’ve had good luck without it. That being said, I probably would plant it in alkaline
soil either. The next question is from anitagoforadump2008:
I was just thinking about planting more potatoes next week when I thought to myself while browsing
YouTube in the few years I’ve been watching your videos, John, it has occurred to me that
I haven’t ever seen you grow potatoes. I know they’re fairly cheap to buy but is
there a reason you never grow them? I’m nosy like that, asking questions. Maybe if
you don’t get around to answering this now, you could put it in one of your videos when
you ask your questions and answer them. Thanks John, I’ve always been inspired by your
videos. So you are absolutely correct, actually, I
haven’t grown potatoes, maybe a couple years back I threw some potatoes in my compost pile
and they grew without me knowing it. But in general, I encourage people to grow what they
eat. I don’t generally eat potatoes—I mean, I think potatoes are a good crop and
most people’s vegetables in the United States, especially kids in school getting school lunches
and all this kind of stuff, potatoes is probably one of the number one consumed vegetables
in the form of French fries and hash browns and all the different potato products that
are made. They tend to be a more calorically dense food but not so nutritionally dense.
Yeah, I think that potatoes are good and better than a Snickers bar, but that being said,
I’d rather devote the space in my garden to growing something like leafy greens that
I will enjoy much more. Another thing I like to tell people is grow what is expensive to
buy, and easy to grow. So, leafy greens are two dollars, three dollars for a bunch, potatoes
are ten pounds for a dollar, depending on what time of year it is and where you live.
That being said, if you are a potato connoisseur, by all means, grow your potatoes, because
I am all for genetic diversity. And you know there’s literally hundreds of varieties
of potatoes. Purple ones, pink ones, red ones, in all different colors, and if you go to
the store you usually only get the russets. So another reason to grow your potatoes if
you want them. That being said, I would rather grow something
like Jerusalem artichokes, which have actually five times the amount of iron and in my opinion
is a lot more nutritious food. Also, in my opinion, they grow a lot easier. Literally,
they grow as weeds, so if you got some of my Jerusalem artichoke starts, hey, post down
below and let me know how they’re growing for you.
So the next question is from vxxtoke: John, I have a question. I live out here in Tucson
and got interested in starting a garden. Do you think fun, direct sunlight from AZ would
be perfect? In other locations it ends up burning my plants. Ivxx
All I could think of in that question he’s asking, he wants to start a garden and if
it’s good to grow a garden in Arizona. Well, as you know, Arizona is the desert southwest.
Can actually get quite hot there in the summer. I know there’s other gardeners on YouTube
growing down there in Arizona, they have a YouTube channel and are doing it successfully.
I am growing in Las Vegas, which has a similar climate, and you can do it. So that being
said, it’s very important to dial in how you’re growing and actually what you’re
growing. So it’s very important to get some good soil, grow in some good compost. Spend
ninety percent of your money on the soil, because the soil—I mean, you plants growing
in that desert soil, that drains very quickly. Doesn’t have a lot of organic matter. And
your plants may not grow as well. Also, it probably wouldn’t be a good thing
to be growing lettuce in the summertime in Arizona. Grow things that are gonna do well.
The easiest plants that comes to mind, growing in the summertime in the hot weather… Eggplants.
They seem to do really well. Also, peppers. Tomatoes when it gets to hot can be iffy,
so if you do grow tomatoes, you want to get a variety that is more heat tolerant and will
to well in the hot heat of the summer time. In addition, cherry tomatoes tend to do quite
well. And of course, my good old favorite tree collards have actually done quite well
in the desert in Las Vegas. Also you could look toward landscaping trees, even cactuses.
You grow cactuses for the cactus pads and the cactus fruits. And also there’s many
trees7 of the desert that produce edible food. One of my favorites is actually mesquite,
so…and also, of course, some standard fruit trees may do well in your area but be sure
to check with a local university extension office and find out what crops you could grow
at what times. And that might help you out a little bit to get you started.
Also be sure to check the local resources if there’s any farmers, urban farmers, or
growers in your area. Learn from them because they are going to be the true experts on what
to grow in your area because they are already doing it and hopefully they’ve been doing
it for a number of years. So the next question is from Kim Bacarink:
Hey, John, I have a question. Does diatomaceous earth affect earthworms and beneficial soil
microbes? I would like to use it in my garden, but I don’t want to harm the allies. Thanks,
Kim B. Alright, Kim, well I do use a diatomaceous
earth in my garden on some occasions. And for those of you that don’t know, DE or
diatomaceous earth, is basically like fossilized shells that are ground up into a fine powder.
So, number one, very important, if you are using DE, you need to get a good face mask.
I do have a friend that actually used DE on his cats to get rid of the fleas because that’s
a good natural flea treatment for pets because if you rub it in their fur, it’ll basically
desiccate or dry out the fleas and they won’t longer be alive. That’s also how it works
on the insects in your garden. So if it does do this to the bad insects, absolutely right,
it will do this to the good insects as well. DE is not selective. It’s not like “Oh,
I’m only gonna go after the bad insects!” So you may want to be cautious about that.
Sometimes you can use DE as a soil amendment for some of the nutritional qualities. Now
in the soil, if you do it in small amounts, I don’t think it’s necessarily gonna harm
the earthworms, because once the DE get hydrated with the moist soil, I don’t think it’s
gonna have a big effect on them. I don’t know how it’s gonna affect the soil microorganisms.
I personally don’t think it’s gonna be a real big issue because it’s just another
mineral. And once it’s kind of wet down, it’s not gonna have the same effect as when
it’s dry. If you do want to get it for insect protection,
I do recommend you get a duster to apply it so you get a nice fine dusting of it. And
once again, make sure you use a respirator, maybe even some eye protection and do it when
it’s not windy—because man with that stuff blowing around, it’s gonna be worse than
the rock dust. So the next question is from StinkyMinkyShoes:
John, you are brilliant. Thanks for all the videos—why thank you—Do you have any affordable
non-invasive and low maintenance ideas for keeping cats out of your garden and using
it as a little box and destroy all your hard work? Thanks.
Well, I have a really good video, I think it’s entitled On Keeping Cats Out of Your
Garden so I went to my friends Ronnie and Min’s house and they actually showed me
how they’ve been doing it and it’s basically by using some galvanized wire fencing. Galvanized
wire fencing and just putting it over their beds and pretty much you only need to do that
when your beds are still full of dirt. If they start growing plants in there, then the
cats won’t really go in there, but when the cats see an empty bed, it’s like a big
litter box for them. Another thing you can do is around the edges, you can put up some
fencing, like either some plastic fencing or bird netting and just put I up a couple
feet so they just can’t even get in there. And that’s another easy way to do it. Once
again, once you have everything established and the plants are pretty tall, and hopefully
you’re growing a lot of stuff so it’s gonna fill in all the empty space, they won’t
have space to walk. Plus, one of the things I like to do in one of my raised beds is actually
plant things so close that I don’t need to use a mulch so that I just have things
growing everywhere so that it’s more food production and also less mulching. Sometimes
I think with mulching, it gives certain pests a place to hide, such as slugs and snails,
which I have been having an issue on and I’ll have an upcoming episode on those little buggers
soon! So down to the last question. Last question’s
from ifl77sf: Can I add crushed calcium vitamins for a vegetable garden?
You could absolutely do anything you want to do! Now, crush calcium vitamins, maybe
they’re expired or something, I’d probably powder them up and sprinkle them all over
my garden. I wouldn’t just put them on one plant or anything. You’re probably fine,
because they are meant for human consumption and they’re probably from an oyster shell,
although they maybe from something else, but that’s definitely an expensive calcium supplement
to use in your garden. I would probably—if you do need to add calcium in your garden,
better yet, just buy a calcium supplement from the fertilizer, feed store. It’s gonna
be much less expensive and just the right stuff to use anyways. That being said, on
adding calcium…adding calcium can and will change your pH. So depending on where your
pH is now, it may be a good thing, or it may be a bad thing to add the calcium.
So I encourage you before adding any major amounts of calcium to your garden, to get
its soil tested so you know where you’re at to see where the added calcium will take
you because soil pH is very important to growing plants. Some plants like acidic soils, like
blueberries for example, and some plants like more alkaline soils. And then there’s your
soils that need to go in between and a lot of plants will grow in this sort of range
and if you get out of balance, then you’ll have complete failure in your garden. So definitely
good to keep it in range and check your pH before adding a lot of extra calcium. But
I can’t see really a bottle’s worth of vitamin supplement calcium—as long as it’s
from a natural source—I couldn’t see that being a problem if you distribute it evenly
over a large area. So hopefully you guys enjoys this question
and answer time with me. I really enjoy answer your guys’ questions because it’s really
easy for me. I don’t have to think ahead, plan, shop—I don’t have to go anywhere.
I don’t have to do anything. I just print out the questions and I answer them for you
guys. So if you have a question that wants answered, hey, email it to me through YouTube,
or post it on my channel page and maybe I’ll answer your question next time.
So once again, this is John Kohler with GrowingYourGreens.com. We’ll see you next time and keep on growing.

100 Replies to “Why NOT to Plant Potatoes in Your Garden and other Garden Questions Answered”

  1.   growing potatoes in garden has served me very well for 40 years. my 100# of seed potatoes product 150 bushels sold , 14 bushels keep for family of 4 for winter and did not dig last 14 rows.
       organic gardening is NOT what is being told to people.
      1.  does your city or county do any kind of spraying from truck or plane ??
      2.  what was on land any time in past 200 years ?
      3.  did any heavy equipment clear land ??
      4.  what money is REQUIRED to be paid before organic label can be used ??

  2. Diatomaceous clay (dirt) is a very fine abrasive.  That's the reason to avoid breathing it in. Supposedly, the food grade DE helps clean the human intestines, but grinds up the insect innerds. Something was chomping on my squash plants. I mixed DE with powdered  sugar to sprinkle on the leaves after I dampened the leaves with a spray bottle. I don't know whether or not it helped. I got this idea from the suggestion of mixing white flour and powdered sugar. The bugs eat the mixture because of the sugar, but can't digest the flour.
    Perhaps slugs, grubs, and snails in compost are there for a reason. Maybe they break up organic matter into fertile soil. But I would not leave the grubs in the soil when it is ready for the garden.

  3. Another thing you can use to keep cats out of your garden beds is use orange peels. Cats hate citrus. So if you eat oranges that is a another use for the peels.

  4. I appreciate your rambling on about other plantings before you get to the main point, but sometimes I sure wish you'd get to the point as soon as you start talking.

  5. I can't listen to this whole video again, as my internet speed is sooo slow.  I didn't hear the answer to the title!  What is the answer?  Why shouldn't potatoes be planted in a garden???

  6. Why not make a video & post it on HOW TO MAKE a HYDROGEN GENERATOR & A GASOLINE VAPORIZER?  Why not make a GASOLINE VAPORIZER that HEATS the gas & BLOWS it out GENTLY with the EXHAUST?  Using both of these together you CAN WAY OVER YOUR GAS MPG & GET MUCH BETTER POWER!  These are suppressed info!

  7. Hi John-I love these Q & A videos!! So many issues that I never thought of before-really informative. I just want to add something though to your answer to the last question about calcium supplements. My tomatoes were getting blossom end rot because my soil was calcium deficient. I started saving my organic egg shells instead of buying an expensive soil supplement. I just dry them out in the oven for 10-15 minutes at about 230 F, pulverize them in the blender and voila!! I always have a jar of one of natures best calcium supplements!! When I am planting my tomato plants, I add spoonful of the powdered eggshells to the hole prior to transplanting my tomato plant, and I have never had a problem with blossom end rot ever again!

  8. I infact grow Jerusalem artichokes. easy to grow. A bit of a particular taste but good. You are right, they grow like weeds so I have  1 bad dedicated to them and  try to contain them with  anti root foil or whatever it is called in english.
    Still, I do grow potatoes as well coz nothing beats a potato in your mouth that  was in the soil less than 20 minutes ago.
    Also, French fries from fresh potatoes are  a whole different ballparc. U will never go to a snackbar again for French Fries

  9. hi John I watched a video and you were talking about achach plants they are cucumber like plant I cant find seeds for them? 

  10. Did someone say "Calcium"? and needing it cheap? hmmm True Value hardwward.. Calcium Chloride bags (driveway melt) heated to the point of melting (no water) and then you pass an electric current through it using two graphite electrodes.. at the anode (+) you get Chlorine gas… MAKE SURE YOU VENT THAT AND BUBBLE IT THOUGH A WATER TANK WITH ACTIVATED CARBON THEN VENT THE REST WAAAAY AWAY FROM YOU ).. but at the cathode.. you get kinda thiis fine powder precipitating out.. that is CALCIUM 😀 SCIENCE is fun SCIENCE IS WEIRD! (And I am cheap) 😉

  11. Potatoes should always be purchased organically, or grown yourself. Especially purple or colored sweet potatoes. This being said, the reason why is all fruit vegetables suck down all chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. McDonald's potatoes are INEDIBLE for 6 weeks post harvest.

  12. the minerals of potatoes are in the skin and ppl don't usually eat the skins America. Don't throw the baby out with the bath water. Potatoes get ppl through the winter and have saved many cultures through times of famine.

  13. The whole video all I could think was that I wanted to smack that spider off his shirt. It was like watching a horror movie, just watching and not being able to do anything, I even yelled out, "watch out for that spider, John!"

  14. Home-grown potatoes are delicious.1 medium-sized baked potato has 70% of your RDA vitamin C, and high K, too. And they are delicious.

  15. I think potatoes get a bad rep from the way people prepare them, i.e. French fries, chips. Potatoes themselves are nutritious and filling. They've saved populations from starving.

  16. You're growing in las vegas? I grew up there, just moved this year to Utah. We haven't been getting full sun, and I only have a few pots of stuff going. I hope they do good.

  17. what do you think 
    if you where to grow potatoes  what methed would you use 
    i have the pallett method

  18. Hi John,  absoLUTEly love the info you share & thank you.  I'm having a problem in my raised beds (which are as high as a hands-length beneath my knee.  2 things going on. #1 something is eating my stuff so I planted peppermint (which I know is invasive but I'm desperate) & I already had lavender in as well as these things deter animals because of the scent.  I know this sounds gross, but it truly happened… before I planted the peppermint, my cucumber plant was uprooted & laying on top, when I went to replant it there was a yellowish soft substance that smelled like "shit".. Did this either squirrel or rabbit (I'm thinking) ACTually rip up my plant, shit in the hole & bury dirt on TOP of it??  I got rid of the cucumber plant,  BUT my question is… is a fence helpful, I'm ordering a row cover for night-time.  Do I need both?  P.S. after the mint planted yesterday, no bites on my strawberry's & everything is in tact..   Also, grubs…. can't get rid of them (& I did milkey  spore)… hate, hate HATE them!!  Thanks again, Cheryl W.D. (Massachusetts)

  19. Potatoes are a great source of vitamin C, fiber, and a lot of other good stuff.  The "potatoes aren't very nutritious" bit is just untrue.  I will agree that they're so cheap to buy that there isn't much economic incentive to grow your own…but everything's better when homegrown, so might as well.

  20. I totally get the idea behind growing things that are expensive, but potatoes and strawberries are among the "dirtiest" foods to buy at the supermarket, loaded with toxins. I guess if you can find organic that's better. My strawberries are "free" (planted one once and wound up with a big strawberry patch), toxin free and perennial, requiring nothing more than watering once in a while. They are the most delicious strawberries ever. Grocery store berries taste like petroleum after you eat home-grown. 😉 thanks for the great videos.

  21. Deep frying or frying potatoes in heavy oil will make them highly caloric.  By themselves, potatoes are incredibly nutritious, one of the ten most nutritious vegetables.  I think it is really smart to grow them yourself, even though they are cheap to buy, because of how many toxins you'll find on conventional potatoes.  Most commercial potato growers are spraying toxins every 5 days to keep them blemish and pest free.  This is also super terrible for the environment.  So definitely a good thing to grow in your home garden.

  22. well my frien you make videos for the public..that people will like to see you grow potatoes ..like me or maybe you don"t have time to tell us how you grow potatoes….

  23. Thank you John. It's all good, and very educational but I still think that the Potatoes, are a great source of vitamin C, and fiber too. Lets not forget 1945 German occupation in Russia WWII, Potatoes saved Russians populations from starvation. Home-grown potatoes are delicious.

  24. I grow asparagus, bell peppers and corn which are the expensive veggies in my part of the world….especially asparagus

  25. Hey John, you have so many videos now that I'm just seeing this one from 3 yrs ago. Just wanted you to know that I did in fact buy Jerusalem artichokes from you! Based on your advice I built a 2ft x 5ft x 18in raised bed to keep them contained but give them plenty of room to grow. The 1st and 2nd seasons I grew them were awesome and I harvested tons of delicious sunchokes! After moving due to divorce they were left unattended and uncared for for the past couple of years. However, I went to my ex-wife's house just a week ago and rescued every sunchoke I could find. To my surprise I dug up literally hundreds of sunchokes!! I bought a home this year with a huge yard and plan on growing more sunchokes than I know what to do with!! Thank you again John for all you do to educate and share your experiences! You rock! BTW, I also purchased scarlett runner beans and walking stick kale seeds from you years ago too. I had a lot of success with both and will be planting the descendant seeds of the ones I got from you next spring.

  26. Hi, John u should know I am in love with you. I am a Gardner I have a raised veggie garden. You have helped me immensely.i watch your webinars just to relax. A question. What do u suggest for winter crops. For Southern California. Happy new year.

  27. Store bought potatoes are terrible compared to spuds grown in an organic garden.   I like spuds and have space so I grow hem even though store bought are sooo cheap.

  28. I made a mixture of urine, tobasco sauce and soap to keep the dear from eating the sunflowers (man they like sunflowers) and that seemed to keep the cats away too. You can get coyote and wolf urine, but since I was shooting to just keep deer away I just used mine, maybe I have particularly predatory urine, but its free and ample supply (I hope) so might as well try that first.

  29. I live in zone 8, caliche soil on the alkaline side. My pomegranates grow, but do not put out fruit. My figs, plums and pears do not put out fruit. I plant in compost. what am I doing wrong?

  30. John, I'm smiling. Last year I just put a few potatoes in around my bee hives and forgot about them. Lo and behold, one day I'm out there and I see these small round rocks protruding through the soil. Wondering where did these come from? Imagine my surprise when I found them to be the baby spuds of my forgotten sowing. I definitely know the logic behind bang for buck on planting the best plants possible. However, since that time, my bees have provided, honey, wax, pollen. My trees provide an abundance of varied citrus, avocados, peaches, nectarines, apricots, plum and more. Tomatoes and Onions around the yard, herbs here and there amongst the trees, pears over there. I raise superworms for my Orpington, Delaware, Australorp and next week I add a Maran to the girls. The idea of a chocolate colored egg shell just thrills me. Why do I point this out? Because John, don't fail to understand why we do all this, not sometimes to say, how can I learn to accept a No but rather how can I find the yes that makes me happy. I tell you, some don't have the skills to do it all, but anyone can grow a potato, even if you don't mind it. It's the baby steps that make one happiest. Just look at the movie THE MARTIAN, I had something in common with that character. I grew a potato. I'll never go to the moon or to Mars, but I can conquer my little space on planet Earth. In your face Neil Armstrong.

  31. Did you know that you can live on potatoes alone? (well maybe you'd need some B 12) They are extremely nutritious. It's all the oil and junk people put on them that makes them calorie dense. Also, they satisfy hunger like almost nothing else. Try it!!! 🙂

  32. This guy is great! My sister moved to Colorado and used his tips & advice on horticulture to help grow the cannabis & stevia (natural sweetner) medicine which turned her uterine cancer into self destruct mode as according to the doctors and she might still have the ability to carry babies :). Please keep these vids coming sir, Thank You, ,,Zak

  33. Does diatomaceous earth break down over time so it doesn't harm earthworms? I want to use it in my composter because the composter attracts roaches.

  34. Potatoes are one of the easiest crops to plant and grow, even in the poorest soil conditions, and are very nutritional. In fact a medium sized potato contains 45% of daily vitamin C, and contain more potassium than a banana. They also contain protein, calcium, iron, thiamin, niacin, folate, zinc, copper, vitamin B6, phosphorus, magnesium, riboflavin, sugar, and they contain no fat or cholesterol. They would probably grow in the winter time in Las Vegas…lol.

  35. I personally love sweet potatoes. You can eat their greens and I have found some varieties are grown by some people JUST for their greens. Also, there are cool weird potato varieties like the African mint potato that has a mint growing as the greens and potatoes as tubers. And, finally, even though regular potatoes do not have edible greens and are readily available in the supermarket, if the potato you bought is starting to grow out the eyes, why not just cut it up and plant it? takes 5-10 min max.

  36. Hey there love all of your videos they are full of great information. I do not comment much because I prefer to just take in the info 🙂 I am commenting now to point out a neat little guy over your left pocket! At 6:54 you can see the little fella run up under your collar. anyway thanks for the great videos!

  37. Have to disagree. Potatoes are very nutritious and tasty and if grown organically you can eat the skins. I love potatoes. Yes, they do take up a lot of room, but so does broccoli, etc.

  38. Potatoes are quite the thing to dig up from dirt. You're like, ew. Dirt. Whoah, potatoes! A miracle! They're easy to grow, so why not.

  39. Hey man you said when you get them from the store you only get one variety? I live in canada and we usually have all sorts of verities but i guess its not the same there. The most popular variety here is a yellow and red potato. Those little mini ones are quite popular as well.

  40. Instead of potatoes, plant yam or sweet potato. They grow similar underground calories, but UNLIKE potatoes, the above ground leaves and vines are edible. At our local asian store in Tucson, Yam leaves are expensive…

  41. Hi John! I always understood diatomacious earth was made up of the skeletons of diatoms that at one very distant time lived in the ocean. Also, calcium is a mineral and it takes lots and lots of long years to degrade or alter into something else so it doesn't matter if it's fresh or not. or if you get it from your high-priced health food store or from a dollar store.

  42. The Q & A is awesome! Why? Because the A to the Q gives John extensive credibility in his competence, not that we have any doubts. If I have any questions, I know who to ask!

  43. ok i am going to try and explain very quickly and post a video. Potatoes are very good when it comes to keeping your garden naturally healthy, of course there are other ways but potatoes are very easy to grow and turn high yields if done correctly. i reccomend not growing potatoes with other crops, instead cover your entire crop fields with potatoes and follow the steps in the video to produce luscious soil for your next plantings. you can also take your overstock of potatoes and store them for a longer time then most crops, also potatoes will sprout new potatoes even if in an old basement rotten so having backup food to replant incase an emergency is never a bad idea. you can also use potatoes to plant trees and other things. take a potatoe, drill a hole in the potatoe 3/4 the way through, wet the end of the stem and apply cinnamon, pour honey in the hole, apply the lemon tree ( you can do this inside for a while until leaves start to look unhealthy) you can also trim the leaves strategically to help the growing process, stick the potatoe in the ground with lose soil around it, the potatoe feeds the tree even during the rotting process ( gives your garden life!!) potatoes are also a very hardy crop, if the rest of your crops happen to flood or burn up hopefully you still have your potatoes or backup potatoes. there are many more beneficial things about potatoes and maybe the stores arent so healthy because there not growing them the right way 🙂

  44. Regarding potatoes, they are probably the most caloricaly dense common crop people can grow. That may not mean much to Californians into healthy eating, but the prepper types that want the ability to grow foods for actual calories/survival should know how to grow them. If the grocery stores go empty potatoes will be king and calorie rich starchy foods will be back in style.

  45. You should incorage more people to grow their own potatoes more . Potatoes and tomatoes are sprayed a lot that is why and is mostly not organic also for the kids preforance. I have neever heard a kid say I want artichokes instead of potatoes used for fries.

  46. How come everyone harvests green onions roots and all, then starts over? Aren't you able to just keep trimming and having them always growing right back?

  47. John, I'd recommend learning gnocchi and det mix pepper/veg/ potatoe bake recipes and other things, if nothing else, you could help loads of people by donating potatoes to your local food banks! They have a WONDERFUL yield and with soil that isn't the best. You can just harvest half the potatoes and leave the others to renuriah the soil. To get a good start you can just put them in the bottom of a box and leave it in the sun. Also you can make baked chips with those and a HUGE variety of other thin sliced tubers and some ground sea salt and at the end add a sprinkling of a variety of fine diced herbs like oregano etc for that extra health boost many provide. Like tera chips but 100000000x better for you! 🙂 as always, love your vids and your mission, you're a great guy don't forget it!

  48. there are over 5000 varieties of potatoes in Peru. In the USA we only get a few varieties that have high yields or low pest problems. the truly divine potatoes are in Peru. you can order them online and grow the best tasting nutritious potato in your garden.

  49. I love boiled potatoes or steamed potatoes, unfortunately today the fools that sell them spray them to stop them from chitting…..the problem is ….what are they spraying them with?????? So yeah growing potatoes your self is a good idea and they tastes so much better than store bought potatoes.

  50. Potatoes are one of the most beneficial crops we can plant in our garden. Not only are they great cover crops along with beans, but they are nitrogen rich crops that are easily composted after harvesting that go a long way into helping you to develop your soil.

    Here's a bit of information on how healthy potatoes are. Is there any wonder why they are Dr. John McDougall, M.D.'s favorite food? It is the main staple food he recommends in his book called The Starch Solution. And, in fact, there's an Australian guy that lived on just potatoes for an entire year.

    The Nutrition Facts Label says it all. Potatoes are:
    – An excellent source of vitamin C

    – A good source of potassium (more than a banana!)

    – A good source of vitamin B6

    – Fat-, sodium- and cholesterol-free

    – Only 110 calories per serving
    Potatoes provide the carbohydrate, potassium and energy that we need
    to perform at our best. More energy-packed than any other popular
    vegetable, potatoes have even more potassium than a banana. Plus,
    there’s a potato option to fuel your body and brain throughout the day —
    whether you lead an active lifestyle or are competing with elite

  51. I LOVE Epsom salt!!!! Works fantastic to eliminate old tree stumps, nutritional for garden soils and all plants love it ! The bugs…not so much!!! Makes Slugs tremble! 😉

  52. Sorry, John. I'm a fan but the information you gave on potatoes is incorrect. Potatoes are EXTREMELY NUTRITIOUS.  Non-organic potatoes are very cheap, but if you grow your own you know what you're getting. Those two reasons alone are why you should grow your own potatoes, if you like to eat them.

  53. Does microgreens grow near window well in europe in cold tems 8-15celsius? Watercress? I will start growing many watercress because in summer made me fee amazing! I love your videos stay real! 🙂

    potatoes are hybrid they unbalnce you.

  54. hi Sir jhon will you please inform me wich Soil and organic ,or naturals,or any compost are u using???? becouse i want to do it the same

  55. I live in southern Utah, one state from the potato capital of the world, and organic potatoes are about .75c a lbs. meanwhile, a bunch of organic kale is only .99.

    Not sure what you’re talking about with $1 for 10 lbs, even if you were being hyperbolic.

  56. I grow sweet purple potatoes and the green leaves can be blanched and eaten with a little bit of vinegar and spices. Yummm!

  57. John, I know you're a CA guy, but any idea if we can grow potatoes in Zone 10 of Doom, Southerrn Florida, Vero Beach? I got "8 Seed Potatoes," Kennebec, as a well-meaning Christmas gift, and think it's too dang hot and wet here. Please respond, I love your videos; don't stop. Farmer Bob, Vero Beach, FL

  58. I agree with c fedyszyn and further state that THE Medical Medium (Anthony William) lists both Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes (& yams) as Top 50 Super Foods in his second book "Life Changing Foods". A baked or steamed sweet potato, yam or potato by itself is a superfood and has so much to offer the physical, emotional and mental body. Two more Top 50 Super Foods include Avocado and Coconut. If people were to use Avocado (Mother Nature's butter) or Coconut Butter (or oil) instead of dairy products and/or cheap &/or unhealthy oils like Canola oil. The potato, yam or sweet potato would still taste fantastic. Add Atlantic Sea Vegetable flakes, Aromatic Herbs: Oregano, Rosemary, Sage &/or Thyme and some organic Salsa or Pico de Gallo and this healthy snack, meal replacement or meal accompaniment becomes amazingly delicious! AND the Atlantic Sea Vegetables and Aromatic Herbs adds two more Top 50 Superfoods to the equation… for a total of 4 Top 50 Superfoods. Keep in mind that baked sweet potatoes, yams and potatoes offer more emotional comfort and mental grounding while steamed sweet potatoes, yams and potatoes preserve the highest amount of nutrients for the physical body. To understand the truth about Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes & Yams and how to make mouth-watering meals with them. I highly recommend THE Medical Medium's Book 2 "LIFE-CHANGING FOODS – Save Yourself And The Ones You Love With The Hidden Healing Powers Of Fruits & Vegetables". Book 3 also has a number of great recipes and juice and snack recommendations. Book 3 is titled, "THYROID HEALING -The Truth Behind Hashimoto's, Graves', Insomnia, Hypothyroidism, Thyroid Nodules & The Epstein-Barr Virus".

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  59. I live in the northeast and many years ago transplanted some wild Jerusalem artichokes which grow along the roadside here.. They are about 3-4 feet tall in the wild, have red skin, and taste just like artichoke hearts. Without the woodland competition, they grow at least eight feet tall and bloom in September. They spread like crazy and I had to pull them up, but you can never get them all out. If even a small piece of the root is left, it will form a new plant. They also attracted voles, which are impossible to get rid of.

  60. I love Jerusalem artichokes! So did all the wildlife I was amazed over the years how they came from all over to eat them so this year I am doing raised bed for them that I can protect!

  61. I use DE for parasite control and also in the garden, remember lizards (gets under scales) and other garden creatures (will dry toads out) can be damaged by DE important to water in DE right away.

  62. I am of the belief you should not make a steady diet of Jerusalem Artichokes. Eat them for awhile and take a break.

  63. I going to speak out in favour of growing potatoes in the garden.  Many years ago I would have agreed that spuds are cheap, why waste space in a garden to grow them.  Well since then I've changed my tune.  I wouldn't have a garden without at least a few spuds.  The first reason I grow spuds is the taste.  Store bought spuds are full of water and lack flavour.  That is because they are grown in what is essentially a chemical soup.  Garden grown spuds taste nothing like store bought.  They are dense,  relatively dry and full of flavour.  The other reason I grow spuds is they are fun to grow and dig.  When I plunge the fork into a hill to pull up the tubers it' just like opening a Christmas present.  The third reason spuds are good in the garden is they condition the soil and kill weeds.  It is hard for weeds to grow under the thick potato foliage and because you hill them 2 or 3 time during the summer you kill the weeds.  When you dig spuds you generally dig deep also creating a well dug bed for future garden use.  Three cheers for the garden potato!

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