Kids grow Potatoes

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Kids find that organic potatoes freshly dug from the soil are their favorite vegetable ever! Organic potatoes are packed with nutrients, fiber, and fuel power for kids. Potatoes are tubers, the storage area of the plant’s underground stem. The roots find more food than the plant can use at one time so the plant stores the excess food in the tubers kids love as potatoes. Inca kids in Peru ate potatoes three thousand years ago, learning to plant and store them.  Because everyone loves potatoes, kids can stagger the harvest by planting a new batch of potatoes each month.  Kids can grow potatoes on the patio in large grow bags or sacks. Late winter is a good time to start potatoes. Kids can start with organic seed potatoes and sprout them on a tray in a cool light place. Kids can cut the seed potatoes into pieces with a sprouted eye in each section.  Plant the sprouted potatoes in a grow bag full of rich organic vegetable soil. Cover them with 4 inches of compost and water well and regularly. The potatoes pictured here are in a grow bag that is placed inside a kids’ pool to keep the soil moist at the bottom. As the potato plants grow, their stems should be regularly covered with soil to encourage the growth of more potatoes and keep them from being exposed to the light, which makes them inedible. New potatoes planted in winter can be harvested after flowering in the summer. Potatoes like lots of water and some shade.  Loosen the soil around the early potatoes and leave the smaller ones to continue growing. Kids can brush off the soil and dry the potatoes in the sun for a couple of hours before storing them.

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