Have you ever tasted home grown potatoes? Some say there is no comparison to store bought potatoes. Home grown potatoes are fresher, more flavorful and healthier for you. A small number of seed potatoes will yield a few buckets of potatoes ready to eat and enjoy and can even be stored throughout the winter months.
Harvest early summer to fall.
Grow in full sun.
Hardy in zones 4-9.
1) Before planting set your seed potatoes in a warm location (between 60 and 70 degrees F.) in full sun such as on a kitchen window sill, for one to two weeks. This will induce sprouting.
2) One day before planting, take a sharp, clean knife and cut the potato into planting pieces. Each piece should be approximately 1 ½ - 2 inch square, and must contain at least 1 or 2 eyes. (Eyes can be identified as the indentations or dimples on a potato) Small potatoes with a minimal amount of eyes may be planted whole.
3) Allow planting pieces to dry and form a callous over their cuts.
Potatoes must have well-drained, moisture retentive, fertile soil that is high in organic matter and a pH between 5.0 and 6.0. Do not use a lime soil, the soil should be slightly acid. To prevent disease problems, do not plant potatoes in the same bed as tomatoes. Potatoes should be rotated on a 3 year program. This means, you need 3 suitable sites if you want to grow potatoes every year.
You may also like