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Saturday, March 5, 2011


What do you think of potatoes? Years ago they were considered a starch. Today some people avoid them because they have calories. When we're traveling by car and trying to put on the miles, we like to stop at Wendy's because they have baked potatoes, and if you get the plain ones, they're really inexpensive.

A lot of people like the taste of potatoes, for example mashed with lots of butter, but feel guilty for eating them. And a lot of people avoid them entirely.

These days there are russets, whites, reds, and yellows in most stores. And often there are fingerlings. Most people buy potatoes frequently. Or they buy mashed potatoes in boxes.

If you want a passionate discussion of the virtues (many) of potatoes, the ease of growing them yourself, the harmful chemicals used on store potatoes, and suggestions for storing them and living off them for months at a time, you must read The Resilient Gardener by Carol Deppe.

She will convince you in short order that you should eat more, grow some, and enjoy them without guilt.

Now is a perfect time to plant potatoes. They're fun to grow because they do well in bags. But that's another topic. I hope to get to it soon.

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