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Horticulture and Home Pest News
Horticulture & Home Pest News is filled with articles on current horticulture, plant care, pest management, and common household pests written by Iowa State University Extension specialists in the Departments of Entomology, Horticulture and Plant Pathology.

How to Grow Potatoes in the Home Garden

This article was published originally on 4/8/2009

One of the most popular vegetables in the home garden is the "Irish" potato that you can grow in any loose, fertile, slightly acid soil in full sun.    MORESee also ISU Extension pamphlet PM1890, "Potatoes" available on the Internet from the ISU Extension Online Store  Diseases Preventing disease problems from occurring can be accomplished by using disease free stock and not saving from last years crop. Do not use potatoes purchased from supermarkets as they could contain disease and are sometimes treated with a sprout inhibitor.  Insect Pests Colorado Potato Beetle. One of the familiar pests of the garden is the Colorado potato beetle, also known as the "potatobug."   MORE