Accidental Potatoes

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Project by Pat3 posted 04-07-2014 09:41 AM 3542 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While adding to the compost bin, I found several “plants” growing up thru the top layer of compost. After carefully digging out the plants, I found they were attached to some of the potatoes we had discarded. I did some research online and decided to try replanting them in the ground. I did carefully cut them apart before planting. All of them have survived and are growing. This is the first year growing a garden in our retirement house, so I have no expectations of success but thought it would be cool to give it a try.

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hardiness zone 5

posted 04-07-2014 01:01 PM

Hey, why not? free plants!

I have some left over yellow gold taters in the fridge that I grew last year. They should work ok….I hope.

Awesome just to see green stuff!

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posted 04-07-2014 07:44 PM

Good for you! I’m sure you’ll have success and they will taste extra good…just bc you grew them.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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hardiness zone 9a

posted 04-13-2014 09:38 AM

Now that’s an accident you don’t mind having! Nice !
When we buy too many potato’s and they don’t make it to the dinner table while they were still young and firm they will start growing roots with age. I take those old potato’s and cut them leaving a root in each cutting then bury the cuttings about 4” in the ground about a foot apart. There is nothing like eating your own tender potato’s.

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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posted 04-13-2014 02:03 PM

I found another potato plant growing in the compost bin earlier this week and planted it as well.
We are hoping to have a bountiful harvest.

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 04-13-2014 04:26 PM

I had compost potatoes last year. Anything in the food bracket unexpected is always a bonus.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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hardiness zone 2b

posted 05-01-2014 09:02 PM

Very cool!

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posted 05-16-2014 08:51 AM

That’s way cool. Keep us posted.

-- The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet

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posted 05-16-2014 09:53 AM

After being gone for a month, we found another potato growing in the compost bin. So I transplanted it to the garden as well. And yesterday we planted our first veggie garden here. We had a visit last night from the deer that frequents our backyard, so we will be putting up some sort of protection this weekend.

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