Potato Plants
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potatoes sprouting from compost

Zone Haltom City, TX 76137 | just.ekimr added on February 24, 2017 | Answered

I like to be as organic in my gardening practices as I can. Several weeks ago I adopted a new practice...took kitchen "vegetable" waste and started burying it in my garden. Is this an OK thing to do? From that I now have potatoes sprouting. I was surprised but I've begun to water them and mulch them w/compost. Are they going to make potatoes? Thank You

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on February 25, 2017

Burying your food scraps is actually a way of trench composting.
You certainly can dig holes and drop in to compost.
Digging deep enough to deter pests is important.
This is great technique for a busy gardener.
Volunteer fruits and vegetables can be looked upon as a plus or negative!
Remember that if the parent plants were hybrids, the new plant may be different then the original.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/basics/trench-composting.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/ingredients/composting-kitchen-scraps.htm

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