Potato History, Geography and Other Fun Stuff
- A Guide to Chitting and Growing Potatoes - from The Potting Shed blog, allotment and organic gardening in the UK.
- "And See That No Potato Falls: Patrick Kavanagh's Vegetable Love" - Pat Boran's keynote address at the 2005 Patrick Kavanagh Weekend in Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan, Ireland, Friday 25 November 2005; full of interesting literary and historical information about potatoes.
- Annie's Homegrown Organic and Natural Foods - commercial vendor based in Napa, CA. Has a fun section for kids, including a book club and coloring pages.
- Asteroid Potatoes - how to make asteroids from mashed potatoes.
- Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream - fun and education, though, alas, no potato ice cream (yet!).
- Best Potato Recipes Collection - this online potato recipe resource makes it easy to find and share creative recipes for potatoes and sweet potatoes.
- Big Spud, Little Spud - documentary film discussing "the impact of climate change and monoculture on one of the world's staple food crops."
- Dave's Garden - large site for home horticulturists; lots of links; info-exchange forum.
- Growing Potatoes in Containers - a space-economical way of growing your own.
- Growing Potatoes in the Florida Home Garden - no mystery as to what this is about!
- Growing Potatoes in Straw - "Even a couch potato can grow a good potato crop with very little effort. By using straw and a little soil preparation up front, it's easy to grow an admirable crop in a limited space. And few crops yield more than the potato."
- Hortsense - "Home gardener fact sheets for managing plant problems with... Integrated Pest Management" including pesticide information; from WSU Extension.
- How to Plant Fingerling Potatoes from eHow -fingerlings are young tubers and are cuisine du jour (translation: fingerlings are currently cool!). GourmetSleuth also has a fingerling page.
- Irish Potato Famine - good history of the Great Hunger. National Geographic has an article on the identity of the fungus that caused the famine.
- Kids' Corner - Info on fruit and vegetable production in Texas.
- Peru and the origins of the potato - "Saving the Potato in its Andean Birthplace" (National Geographic); "Modern potato had roots in Peru" (BBC); article about the rights of indigenous peoples to potato cultivars they have developed (IPS).
- Plant Dictionary - very cool site from the Ohio State University with lots of photos of ornamental plants, fruits and vegetables, as well as diseases and insects.
- The Potato! - Collection of general-interest links, including a history page, a bulletin board where you can post questions (and answers), links to recipes and more.
- Potato Bugs - a very silly (and funny) site that is only more or less about potato pests; what it really wants to do is sell you something.
- Potato Chronology - a history of the potato, with an extensive timeline (in pdf format), by Richard E. Tucker.
- The Potato Council - a wide variety of information and links, both for growers and researchers of all ages.
- Potato FAQ - a list of answers to a few frequently asked questions about potatoes from the Idaho Potato Commission.
- Potato Glossary - a long list of terms, with definitions and explanations, by Richard E. Tucker; in .pdf format, so you'll need to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer.
- The Potato Museum - deep in the heart of New Mexico lurks a museum dedicated to the wily potato.
- Potato Production in the Home Garden - growing and variety information for home-growers.
- Shepody - a teacher's guide for ag instruction on this russet potato. See also: Russet-skinned varieties on this site.
- Space Spuds - an Idaho high-school teacher and his students work with NASA to see how potatoes grow in space.
- Space Age Spuds - a NASA spinoff yields hi-tech minitubers (seed potatoes).
- Sproutpeople - Supplier of certified organic seeds for sprouting; has recipe pages.
- Spud's Travels - wacky site dedicated to "the world's most traveled Potato Head."
- World's Healthiest Foods - Nonprofit organization provides info about potatoes, including history.
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Interested in home-growing potatoes in your garden?
Get more information from these sites: U. Illinois Extension, North Dakota Extension, Mississippi State U. Extension, The Garden Helper, Kids' Valley Garden, Gardener's Supply, and Ohio State's Web Garden.
Watch short, downloadable gardening videos at Plant Facts.
See these links to Agricultural Extension sites in the U.S. Most Extension programs provide information for home gardeners.