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Emptying the last of the buckets and pots with potatoes. Not my greatest success. I'll add extra drainage holes and some sand.
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The farmer gets less then 60 cents a kilo for potatoes on average.
Scarlett the originator of the BLF site, observed that Potatoes do not give anything like the harvest they do in Victoria. A handful here, a bucketful in the colder climate.
Home grown they are a taste sensation and on that account, worth the garden space. Just don't set your heart on a serious harvest ;-\
See here: http://brisbanelocalfood.ning.com/photo/vic-last-of-the-spud-harvest
Here's some advice: don't open a fish and chip shop.
But then in the dirt I can have similar no shows when potato plants are grown side by side: one plant good/another, nothing much.
The problem is that bought spuds retail at $3-5.50 per kilogram, which suggests an amazing level of efficiency & productivity.
But home grown/freshly harvested are a taste sensation.
We just did a spud harvest at the school garden with similar disappointing results. Aside from holes in buckets, I think variations in the weather plays a very big part in what you get to dig up.
FYI:One of my best harvests in the past was growing potatoes with beans.
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