How To Grow Potatoes In Your Vegetable Garden
How to grow Potatoes fresh from your very own backyard. I will give you some hot tips, potatoes are very easy to grow with little or no effort plus they store for months. There is nothing like fresh potatoes from your garden.
- What Variety To Grow?
- Where To Grow Them?
- How To Grow Potatoes?
- What Fertilizer To Use?
Varietys To Grow
There are many different variety’s to grow like your commercial varietys such as Sebago, Delaware, Brownell and Pontiac that are available at most produce stores.
In recent years, people have come to appreciate the unique characteristics of varieties of gourmet potatoes like kipfler- a creaming yellow finger like potato.
- Spunta- a big oblong potato, makes good chips.
- Desiree- high yielding dutch variety which has soft pink skin and creamy flesh.
- King Edward- creamy flesh, skin dappled pink , great mashed or chips.
- Royal Blue- royal blue skin fades when boiled, good mash potato.
- And many other varietys are Pink eye, Nicloa and dutch cream.
Dig out trenches to plant potatoes into.
Spread blood and bone done the trench line at the rate of 100 grams per metre
You can also add comfrey leaves at this stage if you likeThen just cover fertilizer with some soil.
How to Grow Potatoes - Step 2 Pre-Sprout Potatoes
If the potatoes do not have sprouts on them, then you get them to sprout shoots by placing them in a paper bag 2 weeks before plant time.
Always plant certified seed to stop the spread of disease.
If the tuber is too big then slice it in to chunks each with an eye and leave the cuts to dry naturally.
Place the tubers on the soil in the trench with the shoots aiming upwards, cover the tubers with soil.
Taking Care Of Your Potatoes
Water well when the shoots appear. When the shoots are 30cm high( 1 foot ) fill the trench to soil level.
When they grow a further 30 cm, mound up the soil around it.
Just add some more blood and bone because the larger the canopy the better.
Rows should be about 75cm apart or just under a yard apart for a good crop ( plant closer to get rid of weeds).
Potatoes love soil with good drainage, friable soils that have a good crumb structure.
They love water so keep the water up to them to promote smooth, well developed potatoes.
You can start digging 'new' potatoes about 3/4 weeks after the plants have flowered and the lower leaves turn yellow.
If the potatoes are to be stored, allow the tops to die off completely before digging.
Store the potatoes in a cool dry place which must be dark to prevent the skins from greening.
How To Grow Potatoes In A Garden Made From Straw.
The No-Dig Method
- Select the appropriate site and size for your garden.
- Dig up 'patches' of soil about 15 cm in diameter, spaced about 35-40 cm apart.
- Have your selected seed potatoes ready.
- Plant 2/3 seed potatoes in each "patch' just covered with soil.
- Cover the existing grass between the 'patches' with sheets of newspaper.
- The whole area is then covered with straw to a depth of 10-15 centimetres.
- The potatoes come up through the straw and the grass underneath is killed for lack of light.
- The garden can be extended in this way when you are ready for a larger patch.
How To Grow Potatoes - Facts
- Yield from one whole potato is greater than the yield from one half a tuber.
- But the yield from two half cut potato tubers is greater than one whole uncut tuber
- Potato tubers with two long spidery shoots yield larger and more potatoes than same variety with two sturdy short shoots.
- Long fragile shoots (kept in dark) need hardening off for one day in daylight before planting.
- Plant a green manure c
- crop 6 weeks before planting your potatoe crop
In recent years, more people have come to appreciate the unique characteristics of varieties of potatoes. You are unlikely to want to turn your whole garden over to spuds, but growing a few gourmet varieties is easy and rewarding.
In warmer climates grow potatoes in the cooler months of the year are the preferred planting.
But if you live in cooler regions, you will need to wait until the last frost has passed before planting.
Remember to plant your seed potatoes into well-drained soil or use the no-dig method. This involves planting just below the soil level and progressively covering the emerging growth with layers of compost and straw.
Impatient gardeners can bandicoot( something my father likes to do) a few spuds by feeling beneath the straw/soil for the largest tubers.
Alternatively, wait until the green top growth dies back and retrieve your bounty.
Fresh, home-grown potatoes are unbeatable. After you taste them you will wish you had grown more!
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