How to Choose the Best Potatoes to Grow in Your Garden

[Music] Chipped, fried, sautéed, boiled, baked or
mashed, the potato is one vegetable that we simply couldn’t be without. It’s also very easy to grow. But what type and variety of potato should you be growing? In this video we’ll offer you a few pointers
to choosing the potato that’s right for you. The first thing to think about
is how you want to use your potatoes. Different varieties have
different amounts of starch, making the flesh of some break down into
a fluffy texture while others retain a firmer, waxy texture. Potatoes that are
high in starch absorb more liquids causing the potato to break apart
during cooking. These types of great for baking, mashing, or cutting into wedges. They also make the ideal companion to roast meats. Waxy potatoes contain less
starch and hold together during cooking. This makes them ideal for cooking in soups and stews where you want the potatoes to retain their shape. They are also the ones to use in salads. Look closely at the descriptions for
different varieties and make sure you pick one that’s suitable for how you
want to cook it. Potatoes are also categorized according
to how long it takes the plants to reach harvest time. Early varieties are, well, the earliest to crop, and are subdivided into first earlies that are ready as soon as the start of summer, and second earlies that follow on a couple of weeks later. Maincrop potatoes are next, and are ready to dig up and enjoy any time from mid to late summer onwards. Early potatoes will naturally be smaller at harvest than
maincrop types. Our Garden Planner is a useful tool for choosing varieties suitable for your location and working out how many plants you can fit into the
space you have for optimal harvest. Head up to the selection bar and double-click on
potatoes. This brings up the varieties box. Click on the + button to scroll
through the drop-down list. You can browse varieties by hovering over the
Information button for catalog descriptions. Alternatively, add your own
variety by clicking the New Variety button. Type in the name of the variety
and adjust spacing and planting dates accordingly. Then you can drag out a row or block and see how many plants will fit in the space you have. Any potato will grow in ground
that is moist, fertile and well-drained. However some potatoes need
more room than others to grow. Early potatoes can be planted in rows just one foot (30cm) apart, while main crop potatoes need at least one and a half
feet (45cm) between rows. Many gardeners also like to grow potatoes in containers or special potato sacks which are perfect on patios or where space is at a premium, as long as the roots can remain relatively cool during the summer. If you want to grow your potatoes like this,
pick a salad or early variety of potato. These types tend to grow less foliage,
suiting this compact growing environment. Potatoes are pretty resilient plants
but like any crop they’re vulnerable to
a few diseases. Chief among these is blight, a fungus that can cause the foliage to collapse and the tubers to rot, closely followed by scurf or scab. The solution to these woes lies in choosing varieties described as displaying resistance or tolerance to these
and other common diseases. Blight can also be avoided by growing early varieties that are normally harvested before summer weather conditions
increase the risk of an attack. New varieties with improved
disease resistance are constantly being developed so it’s worth checking anew
every growing season to see what’s available. With literally hundreds of varieties to choose from,
there’s certainly something for everyone! Tell us what your favorite variety is and
why by dropping us a comment below, and if you like the idea of lots more
practical gardening advice heading your way, then now’s the time to subscribe. I look forward to catching up with you
next time! [Music]

13 thoughts on “How to Choose the Best Potatoes to Grow in Your Garden

  1. Pink Fir Apple. Dig up early, thin and long. Gently scrub them, boil in skin for about 5 minutes, slice them like a carrot, fry in butter, garlic and finely chopped onions, throw in a handful of fresh peas at the end, some shredded chard or whatever leafy. You've never had a better potato, i promise. This must be my all time favorite as far as taste goes. I eat them every day as long as they last and that isn't very long. I easily go through 10 kilos or more in a month by myself. Very sensetive to blight though. There is an improved variety of Pink Fir Apple out there that's more blight resistent. I think by the breeders from the Sarpo potatoes, just don't know the name. I will eventually get my hands on that.
    I also like the commercial version of the andean wild potato called 'Andean Sunside', nice chunky, surprisingly yellow fleshed potato, floury, a very robust tasting potato. They are amazing in a mash. Just chitting my first ones from the store because i just want to grow these now for myself 😀 I don't know how they grow or how resistent they are.

  2. I have had great luck growing sweet potatoes but not potatoes as of late. I will be trying again. Hope i do better this year. 🙂

  3. I've had great luck in the past with sweet potatoes.  This year, for the first time, I am trying early crop Dark Red Norland and Yukon Gold.  Fingers crossed!

  4. why don't you give us the names of varieties that have the culinary characteristics for mashing, baking, boiling, etc.,

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