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The potato conspiracy. What organic church planters can learn from the potato Or: the basics of organic gardening. Some basic potato-facts. The fourth most important source of food energy in the world Originally from Peru, imported into Europe through Spain ( ‘ patata ’ )

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The potato conspiracy

  • What organic church planters can learn from the potato

  • Or: the basics of organic gardening


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Some basic potato-facts

  • The fourth most important source of food energy in the world

  • Originally from Peru, imported into Europe through Spain (‘patata’)

  • One progenitor (original), but thousands of different varieties


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The advantages of the potato

  • Easier to grow than other staple crops

  • Produces more food energy than any other European crop for the same area of land

  • Only a shovel is needed for harvesting

  • The only crop unaffected by war(the 30 Years War stimulated potato growth in Germany)


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The advantages of the potato (2)

  • Not the outside (lack of) beauty matters, but the inside quality

  • They are simple and not self-promoting

  • They form an underground conspiracy of multiplication


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The potato is a tough one

  • You can boil him

  • Bake him

  • Roast him

  • Cut him into pieces

  • And smash him

    So potatoes are ‘persecution proof’


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How to grow potatoes

  • Turn the soil and remove rocks and weeds

  • Just plant a piece of a potato with at least one ‘eye’

  • Plant them in rows or circles (relationally connected)

  • The closer together, the smaller the fruit;the further apart, the bigger

  • Add ‘organic matter’ to the soil


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How to grow potatoes (2)

  • The plant channels excess sunshine energy to the tubers

  • Flowering is a sign that something is definitely happening underground

  • Water well at beginning of day

  • Don’t grow them in the same soil more than once in three years


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How they multiply

  • They don’t need bees, but multiply themselves

  • The ‘seed potato’ pushes the new potatoes upwards

  • They have to stay underground, otherwise they become toxic

  • The more underground, the greater the harvest (average is 10-fold)

  • With tires (mobile version) they multiply more rapidly



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