How to Grow Potatoes

By | 07.03.2003

Early potatoes can be planted in place of main crop to save space in your vegetable garden or for container gardening. Potato foliage is sensitive to frost, so time vegetable planting for growing potatoes well, depending on your location. Potatoes will sprout through the soil approximately two to three weeks after sowing. Potatoes are an excellent way to begin to grow your own vegetables:

Potatoes–sometimes referred to as tubers–are a must have addition to your vegetable garden. You should grow your potatoes from seed potatoes that are not buy it at a grocery store, as those potatoes could carry viruses. Place your potatoes when equal windowsill until they sprout–also called “chitting”–before transplanting them outside into your home vegetable garden. Potatoes that are cold stored can be planted in summer to be harvested in the fall.

Plant potato seeds in an egg carton and place them on a cool and light garden window to allow the potatoes to sprout chits. Make sure the shoots are facing upwards out of the egg carton.

Prepare the soil and place potatoes in rows that are 18 inches apart to allow for easy access. If you choose to transplant, the chitted tubers will sprout through the soil faster than seeds.

Use a draw hoe to draw wide drills. Alternatively, use a trowel and make individual holes. Plant the potatoes 5 inches deep. Chitted tubers should be very carefully placed with the shoots facing up. The shoots are extremely fragile and can break easily. If the chit has not sprouted yet, place the potatoes rose end up. The first shoots are a dark blue or dark green.

Consider transplanting cane and bush soft fruit (IE raspberries and black currants) around the same time as you are growing potatoes, which is in early spring.


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