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How to Grow Potatoes: Planting and Harvesting Organic Food From Your Patio, Rooftop, Balcony, or Backyard Garden (Booklet) [Kindle Edition]

R.J. Ruppenthal
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Amazon Exclusive: Top Pick for 2012

Perfect beginners guide to growing potatoes. This booklet explains how to plant and grow organic potatoes for food in the home garden. Recommended for backyard gardeners and container gardeners with small city-sized yards, patios, balconies, decks, and rooftops. Written by the author of the best-selling Fresh Food From Small Spaces gardening book, a former columnist for Urban Farm magazine.

Topics Include:
* Why Grow Potatoes? Six Great Reasons
* Different Kinds of Potatoes (and Where to Get Them)
* Growing in Containers, Raised Beds, and Traditional Rows
* Planting and Hilling Potatoes
* Soil, Fertilizer, and Watering Needs
* How to Harvest Potatoes
* Storing Potatoes for Later Use
* Bonus: Two Secret Tips for Getting More (and More Delicious) Potatoes

Potatoes are one of the simplest food crops to grow at home. In this booklet, you will learn how to plant and grow potatoes in any sized garden. Even if you have no garden at all, and merely a doorstep, patio, rooftop, balcony, or deck, you can grow potatoes in very small spaces. Learn which type of containers potatoes thrive in, producing bigger harvests than you'll ever get from a bed in the ground. Learn how to select and plant potatoes that mature earlier than others, giving you a quick food harvest even in a short season climate with cold winters.

Be More Self-Sufficient
No other food crop allows you to do so much with so little as the potato. In fact, this is the most productive food staple you can produce at home. Just imagine how much space it would take to grow enough wheat, rye, oats, barley, rice, or other food staple to feed a family. Yet you can grow enough potatoes on your doorstep to feed a person for days.

Grow Your Own Food and Save Money
Save some money this year and grow some delicious homegrown food, starting with potatoes and other organic vegetables. Learn which type of containers to grow spuds in for AMAZING yields. Learn how to plant and grow organic potatoes in garden rows, raised beds, and anything that holds soil or mulch (even garbage cans). Get this terrific guide today and start growing your own spuds!

Editorial Reviews


Grow lots of potatoes. This simple book will pay for itself many times over. --Tim Purdy, Organic Farmer 

From the Author

If you've never grown potatoes at home, you're in for a real treat. This book is especially useful for anyone with limited space, such as an apartment, condo, townhouse, or house with a small yard. You do not need a garden and you do not even need soil to grow spuds. Potatoes are the only food staple that can produce so much food in so little space. In this book, you will learn how to achieve double or triple the expected yield from any space, even on a patio, balcony, rooftop, or deck. Save money and eat healthy when you grow some of your own spuds!

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! December 24, 2012
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Having a pretty good pile of gardening books, I was a bit skeptical that 30 pages could really prepare me to grow potatoes but I very pleasantly surprised. This book is both highly detailed and to the point. Meaning that the author covers exactly the subjects you want to know about and in enough detail that you feel capable of trying, but doesn't detour off track and waste time with the extraneous.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Potatoes.....Love Them! December 2, 2012
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I have grown potatoes for years and, up until recently, had fairly good success....but I still felt like I wasn't getting the harvest that I should. This book is very basic and very reader friendly and gave me some great ideas for my next potato garden....I think this is a GREAT reference book and I will probably buy a hard copy to put in my reference library.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I try and try then eureka!!! June 2, 2013
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I have tried to 'grow something' since the first year of my retirement. nada. nuttin.

I used the container method from this book and I got taters!!!!! This feeling is soo much better than that day I got married. My ego not the least bruised when the book explained taters will grow without dirt (wanh wanh). It seems to have taken a little more than a month but, voila, I think the plant is going to grow over the side of my plastic container with holes in it.

I'm so excited about having my own potatoes in my freezer (sweet po's) the russets have not made a showing (that I can tell) but I am as sure as any farmer they will (new buds that may be my russets; only wish I'd thrown in some 'new' even though they're my least favorite.

I rushed to my book when I saw bugs; dashed to my book for fertilizer advice. I could go on. There's no way I could be less than a novice (this was my first year to see a head of lettuce that wasn't in the store) but this book has lead me to success.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, helpful book May 31, 2013
By Tolly
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a wonderful book (I got it as part of four-book bundle by this author); I love the writer's style (it's comfortable and easy, like listening to a good friend), and the book, especially considering that it's relatively brief, is chock-full of information about growing potatoes. It includes everything from the best soil components and "treats" for your potato plants to the various ways one can grow them (row, raised bed, container, "potato bag" or even a large trashcan). It also gives a good list of different kinds of potatoes and which ones are best for the various planting methods. I appreciated this a great deal because I had no idea there were that many types! The author also provides recommendations for where to buy the various types. It's really a remarkable amount of information, presented straight-forwardly and clearly.

After reading this book, I am truly excited for it to get cooler so that I can put my "tater" plan in motion. I'm not sure if it will work, but from what this book says, it just might: I bought one of those cheap-o plastic clothes hampers with all the big holes up and down the sides. I plan to punch some more holes in the bottom, then line it with either black mesh or that black weed cover fabric stuff that lets light and air in and water out. This will give a good bit of black to the outside, but I live in Florida, so I'm not sure the black, heat absorption thing matters too much; it doesn't get that cold here for long. Anyway, then I'm going to "hill" my taters up until they get to the top. If it goes badly, I will just fork out the money for a potato bag the author recommends, but I thought I'd be adventurous (and cheap) first.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars how can i grow potatoes? November 19, 2012
By TonyS
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This is a good book about the basics of potatoes. BUT, it states the best way to grow potatoes is in a container. He goes through and explains how to grow in garden rows, and raised beds with a decent explanation, but when it comes to containers he really misses the point and tells you to buy a specific type of pot, in the back he lets you know that he uses other containers than the kind he tells you to buy in the container section of the book, but there is no number of seed potatoes in size of pot, or depth of dirt above or below seed potatoes,

He also goes in about all his books you are supposed to buy after he misses the point with this book.

SFG Foundation (square foot garden) recommends 4 potato seeds in a square bucket about 4 in from base of bucket and slowly filling with compost not sure if its in the book, but found on YouTube sfg potato
All New Square Foot Gardening
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I have a brown thumb! March 23, 2013
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I love to grow my own stuff but seldom does the output match the blood sweat and tears so to speak! I have had a lot of people tell me a lot of stupid advice about how they grow such splendid looking crops, but it never works for me. Makes me think that I am a subject of a fool's fool. I live in Florida and I understand all the proclivites of what you can and cannot grow in this climate, but I figure that the heartiest of all crops being a root crop couldn't be that hard to grow. WRONG!

So I purchased this ebook version of growing potatoes because ... well, who doesn't love them? Found out a lot of helpful things about raising potatoes, but what made my success a reality was finding out which variety grows well in Florida and how ridiculously easy it was to grow these little red gems! Also what types of soil preparations and how to organically control various garden pests and a whole lot more. Thankfully there are such books like this around to help people like me who want to optimize and understand how to grow certain veggies. This author was very good and engaging when talking potatoes. Everything you ever wanted to know about potatoes. Now if I can find an author who writes the same way about raising other vegetables!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Download was simple and fast, love this book!
Download was simple and fast, love this book!
Published 1 month ago by Sherry
3.0 out of 5 stars Covers only the basics. Provides NO information on growing ...
Covers only the basics. Provides NO information on growing from actual seed which would allow you to create your own varieties and avoid potato diseases. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rowdy Roddy
2.0 out of 5 stars Buy something else instead.
This "book" is the size of a pamphlet, and the writing is tiny. Although there is some good information, this book was a disappointment.
Published 6 months ago by mityquin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 months ago by Lynn
2.0 out of 5 stars Font size of pamphlet
The size of the font is extremely SMALL and I needed. magnifying glass to read it. Will not buy anything else from this author unless it is corrected.
Published 8 months ago by Maww
5.0 out of 5 stars I would totally recommended this to anyone wanting to grow potatoes
I thought this book was very worth while. The author gave alot of specific information on both potatoes and growing potatoes. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars So-So Value for the Money
If you're looking for in-depth potato growing knowledge, this book isn't it. I counted only about 20 pages of actual information. The rest of it is just padding, i.e. Read more
Published 10 months ago by ed abbey west
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful
I needed a good review of gardening. It has been a number of years since I have had a garden and I now live in desert which is entirely different than I have done before. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lindah
5.0 out of 5 stars detailed and very informative
Great book! Extremely informative and easy to understand. Provided me with great detail and I highly recommend for anyone who is seeking information on growing potatoes.
Published 10 months ago by Rita T.
This was a small, very informative book about growing potatoes. I took some of the advise offered. I would recommend this book to beginner potato gardeners, as myself. Read more
Published 11 months ago by S. Devine
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More About the Author

Hi Folks! I'm R.J. Ruppenthal, the guy who wrote the book (or booklet) you're viewing.

Long story short: I never planned to become a gardening and food author. But I couldn't find the book I wanted, so I sat down and wrote what I thought people should know. That book did really well. Since then, readers have encouraged me to continue writing. I hope my books and articles can help you grow a little more of your own food.

Full story: When I lived in an apartment, it took me a long time to find any useful gardening information for small space gardeners with balconies, rooftops, decks, small backyards, and the like. At that time, nobody had written a good book on small space food growing. Every gardening book I ever read told me I needed many acres and full blast sunlight all day (neither of which I had).

Even so, I worked hard to create a garden on that first balcony. Some things I tried worked well while other ones failed miserably. I found out which vegetables grew best in partial shade and how to get the most production from this small balcony garden. I wanted to save other people some time and show them what was possible, so I ended up writing the Fresh Food From Small Spaces book in 2008. With the economic crisis and growth of interest in local food, that book became a bestseller.

Soon after, I was asked to serve as a columnist for a new magazine called Urban Farm, which is published by the great folks who produce Hobby Farms. I have written many columns and crop profile articles for Urban Farm, which is available online and at finer news stands.

Today, my first garden has expanded to a small yard that includes vegetables and fruit trees wherever I can fit them. We also have a chicken coop and a chicken run, which gives the chickens free range access to part of the yard but keeps them away from the veggies and blueberries. We feed the chickens with kitchen scraps and they peck up the bugs and weed seeds in the garden (OK, we give them a little organic chicken feed also). In return, we are rewarded with almost two dozen fresh eggs each week.

It's really easy to keep backyard chickens and I urge everyone to consider it. If you'd like to learn more, please check out my e-book called Backyard Chickens for Beginners. You can read it on a Kindle, iPad, iPhone, PC, or Mac with the Kindle app or on Amazon's online Cloud Reader.

Recently, I've written several other "e-booklet" titles that you can find by clicking on my name at the top. I'm particularly proud of the Blueberries in Your Backyard book, which shows people how simple it can be to grow this very tasty, healthy, yet expensive fruit. Also, I plan to stay active with the new blog here, so please bookmark this page and come visit me often. Contact me at freshfoodbook @ (remove the spaces in that address if you e-mail me; I included them here so I don't get automatic spam).

In other news, I live in Northern California with my family, where I teach at a college and have a law license I rarely use. Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy my books and articles. Drop me a line if you have some comments and I'll see you in the garden!


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