Growing potatoes is a very FUN, EASY and REWARDING crop to grow!
If you have never grown anything before, potatoes are the best place to start! They require little care, multiply like crazy and they provide a wonderful treasure hunt come Autumn.
Don’t worry about manure or fertilizers. In fact, adding manure can have negative results with your potatoes. It’s been our experience that the best potatoes grow in soil that grew grass the previous year… AWESOME!
You want to get certified seed potatoes from your local nursery. NEVER try to grow potatoes from the grocery store. Most are sprayed with a chemical to stop the potatoes from sprouting and won’t work (another reason to grow your own). You may, however, keep some potatoes from your own harvest to save for seed potatoes for next year so you will NEVER have to pay for potatoes again. FREE FOOD!!!!
There are so many varieties!! I love “Russian Blue” and “All Reds” because they are so fun to put in a potato salad. Click HERE to see the ones I grew last year. Choose “Yukon Gold” for the ultimate mashed potatoes, “Russet” or “Kennebec” for a fantastic baked potato. The sky is the limit! I try new varieties every year but these 5 I always grow year after year.
Now….look at your potato. You will see “eyes” or sprouts. Some of them will be small so look carefully. Cut the potato into chunks with each chunk having at least 2 “eyes”.
As you can see this one has 4 eye’s. I could have cut it in half again…… but I’m too lazy.
Now you need to do this 24 hours in advance of planting. This will let the potatoes dry and scab over like the picture below.
Well I need to plant a few more rows so I’ll talk to you soon!!!