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Planting Potatoes | Jump Start Your Potato Patch by atnerjennac24(f): 10:44am On Sep 04, 2022
Home-cooked fries, rustic baked and mashed potatoes, hearty stews. Potatoes are well-known for their versatility in the kitchen. Add onto that their reliability as a food crop, and it’s no wonder people have been growing potatoes as a primary food source for close to 10,000 years!

It’s for these reasons that growing potatoes in your home or community garden is a perfect way to build a robust foundation of flavors you and your loved ones are sure to indulge in.

Potatoes 101 – Before You Plant

Potato starts come in the form of a root or tuber. They will be small and look very much like a mini version of a potato. From these singular roots, a complex passageway of roots will unwind and return you many more potatoes than you began with. To do this, you will need to give your potatoes the proper space and environment they need to thrive and become high yielding plants.

Potatoes need the proper area to be successful and that means spacious. Each potato will need to be 6-8” deep and at least 18” from any other plants to ensure they have enough room to stretch out. Make sure you have plenty of space and feel free to use our recommendations as a guide when planning your potato patch.

It’s also important to know that potatoes grow well in more acidic environments. The pH of your soil should be between 5 and 6, so your potatoes have access to the nutrients they need. Test your soil prior to planting your potatoes because it is much easier to balance your soil before you start growing rather than after!

Planting Potatoes and Growth

Once the soil bed is prepared, you can start settling in your new arrivals. As mentioned before, you should dig holes that are at least 6” deep and 18” apart. When the holes are dug, place a single potato start down inside and cover it as loosely as possible. Potatoes grow best in soil that is loosely packed, so always try your best to keep the soil light and fluffy.

Another way to help the potato grow properly is by covering it in phases. When burying it in at the start, cover it only with 1-2 inches of dirt. Wait until the eyes begin to make their way through that layer before adding another. Repeat this process until your hole becomes level with the surface again.

Relax and Enjoy the Show

After this, it’s just a matter of taking care of them and admiring your gifts from nature. Watching your potatoes grow and flower during spring is definitely an exciting time, which is why we will be sharing videos showing how our potatoes progress throughout the weeks.

We hope you’ll join us and share your own tips and tricks or ask us any questions you have by commenting below or on any of our website: [url="https://elliotthomestead.com/"]elliotthomestead.com[/url]. We love interacting with other fellow gardeners because we have learned one simple truth. We all get better results when we learn to grow together.

Re: Planting Potatoes | Jump Start Your Potato Patch by dogmart(m): 10:57am On Sep 04, 2022
I am used to planting potatoes using the vine cuttings.

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