Potato Project

This project compares wild
grown potatoes to garden
grown, over a season.

There is no other garden crop
that produces more food per
area, demands less cultivation
and stores as easily as
the potato.

Potatoes contain nearly every
important vitamin and nutrient,
lacking in only vitamins
A and D.




Potato Project


How do wild and garden
potatoes compare?

Garden grown potatoes.


Wild and Garden Grown
Potatoes

This project started with a few left
over seed potatoes.

The project was to compare
potatoes cultivated and grown
in a garden, to those planted,
but left to the wild, no
cultivating or watering.

All watering is left to nature.

The potatoes in the forest
were planted in the spring,
and then checked in the fall.

The garden potato crop is used
as a comparison.


Wild grown potato plants.


Cultivated garden grown.





Bear scat


On approaching the potato patch
in the forest I came across a
black bear waiting for me.

As I approached around a path
corner in the forest it dropped
a scat and took off.

Whether or not it was going to
dig my potatoes, I don't know.

Wild potato plant, end of season


Wild potato crop



This potato project reveals
that it is possible to grow
potatoes wild in the forest.

There were many tree roots
everywhere in the potato patch
and could not be dug up with
a shovel, so I used a grub hoe.

This resulted in many potaoes
been sliced with the grub hoe.


The end finding is you can grow
potatoes in the wild, but you
will not get as many, and most
of them will be smaller.

The findings also showed that
potatoes can grow quite well in
shaded areas.


We were able to cook a batch
of potatoes for supper.

We were able to cook a batch
of potatoes for supper.

The conclusion is, the wild
potatoes didn't have quite
as nice of flavor as the garden
grown, even though they
were of the same seed.

This tends to prove that
additives added to the soil
enhances the flavor
of potatoes.



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