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Survival Garden Potato Companions

May 16, 2010, by Ken Jorgustin

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Potatoes are easy to grow and is a beneficial survival food to grow in your own in-ground garden or container garden.

Potatoes are the second most consumed food in the United States at an average consumption of 120 pounds per year (about one a day).

The potato used as a survival food staple is ideal because it is easy to grow,  nutritional, and able to store well for months at a time. It is a nutrition dense food with substantive calories.


Potato Nutritional Value

  • Calories (110)
  • Protein (3 grams)
  • Carbohydrate (23 grams)
  • Fat (o grams)
  • Fiber (3 grams)
  • Sodium (10 mg)
  • Potassium (750 mg)


Potato Beneficial Companion Plants

horseradish-plant-beneficial-to-potatoes

Horseradish is a good beneficial plant for the potato. It deters the Colorado beetle and blister beetle which can eat the roots of the potato plant. Horseradish is a perennial that will grow year after year, and is grown from a root cutting. In addition to the beneficial aspect to the potato plant, if you are harvesting the root, best to replant each year from a new fresh picked root for better flavor. Be careful because it can spread in your garden (plant in a container to keep in check). It will grow about 2 feet tall and across.


french-marigold-beneficial-potatoes

French marigolds will repel whiteflies and round worm nematodes which live in the ground and will eat the roots.

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