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Grow a Tuber - PEA BB garden.sand.tuber

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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEA curriculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Gardening.

Most starches are either grains or tubers. As such, they play a vital role in meeting the caloric needs of the world. There’s a difference between making tubers productive and simply growing them. In an apartment or other small space, it’s all about making every inch of your space and effort count. With this, you’re going to do everything possible to obtain a significant yield. While this badge does not require harvesting, the aim should be to multiply your tubers by a factor of 8 to 10 if you can.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
Do not use plastic, cement, porous terracotta, or styrofoam pots.
It may not be part of the potted polyculture BB requirement.
Plant a tuber using any method that is organic or better.
Display that the plant is growing.
Take actions to encourage greater tuber production of the plant.






To document and become certified for this BB provide photos or video (less than 2 minutes) showing the following:
- Explain the tuber chosen and methods used.
- Show image of planting the tuber
- Show image of the tuber in two stages of growth (sprouting and full plant)
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Potato eye layered compost and dirt in fabric pots. Burying stem causes new roots with tubers to form along stems. Dumping spent dirt from plastic pots is okay right.
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Fabric pot and eye
Fabric pot and eye
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1st compost layer eye on top
1st compost layer eye on top
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Cover eye with dirt
Cover eye with dirt
 
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I think we need to see a picture of the potato growing.  And using a plastic pot as a scoop is fine but growing the plant in plastic is where the issue lies (I believe).  It also says it has to be "organic or better" so hopefully those compost bits are organic or better?
 
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Growing potatoes in my brother's backyard!  I ordered them in a multipack, and they seem to be doing wonderfully!
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Aurora House wrote:Potato eye layered compost and dirt in fabric pots. Burying stem causes new roots with tubers to form along stems. Dumping spent dirt from plastic pots is okay right.


So about a month and a half ago I added some poly culture to my potatoes mainly to condensed small plastic pots into 1 big easier to keep moist pot. 1 of the pots had a grass growing in it and I thought it might be Teff an African grain that I'd tried sprouting at the beginning of the pandemic giving another go at life. It's not Teff, Teff is nearly the size of amaranth seeds this wild grass may produce grain nearly the size of modern wheat. So I plan to cut this off at about an inch tall and give it to my bunny buzzsaws to enjoy like I considered instead of doing when I added it to the potato to give Teff another chance.
So Feb 5 I have pictures of planting my potatoes eyes and this post has visible potatoe shoots so I am confused as to the sprout/ plants problems.
Harvest 12 1/2 oz potatoes plus 4 bonus green onions
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Adding soil and poly culture
Adding soil and poly culture
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Potato poking through not Teff
Potato poking through not Teff
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Tare
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12 1/2 oz harvest
12 1/2 oz harvest
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Note: Explain the tuber chosen and methods used. - Show image of planting the tuber - Show image of the tuber in two stages of growth (sprouting and full plant)

 
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Aurora House wrote:

Aurora House wrote:Potato eye layered compost and dirt in fabric pots. Burying stem causes new roots with tubers to form along stems. Dumping spent dirt from plastic pots is okay right.


So about a month and a half ago I added some poly culture to my potatoes mainly to condensed small plastic pots into 1 big easier to keep moist pot. 1 of the pots had a grass growing in it and I thought it might be Teff an African grain that I'd tried sprouting at the beginning of the pandemic giving another go at life. It's not Teff, Teff is nearly the size of amaranth seeds this wild grass may produce grain nearly the size of modern wheat. So I plan to cut this off at about an inch tall and give it to my bunny buzzsaws to enjoy like I considered instead of doing when I added it to the potato to give Teff another chance.
So Feb 5 I have pictures of planting my potatoes eyes and this post has visible potatoe shoots so I am confused as to the sprout/ plants problems.
Harvest 12 1/2 oz potatoes plus 4 bonus green onions


So last year I went from one tiny dried up eye to 12 and 1/2 oz of baby red potatoes. This year I'm going to take a Japanese sweet potato I bought at the Asian market (7oz) and see what I get.
Potato 5.3 oz=110 Calories green onion 15g=5 Calories
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New fabric bag left last year's potatoes right
New fabric bag left last year's potatoes right
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"seed" sweet potato 7 oz
"seed" sweet potato 7 oz
 
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Green onion harvest 1/4 oz more than a pound.
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#1 onions
#1 onions
 
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