Garden How TO
Potato Growing Season
Potatoes are a cool-to-warm-season crop, and that means mid-February to March (about 2 weeks before last frost) is the best time to plant seed potatoes in warmer climates like ours. You can also plant in the fall with 75 days before first frost.
Where to grow potatoes
1. Raised Beds 2. Container Gardens 3. In the Ground Potatoes need to grow in 6-8 hours of direct sunlight to thrive.
Here are a few tips on how I prepare potatoes for planting.
It’s best to buy certified seed potatoes from local nurseries or garden centers. You could try an organic potato from the store if seed potatoes are not available.
Once you have your seed potatoes, you can encourage them to sprout via chitting.
Once you see little sprouts, it’s time to cut into smaller pieces about 1"-2". Smaller potatoes can be left whole. Make sure each piece you cut has 2 or 3 eyes (sprouts).
Leave potatoes to air dry for 2 to 3 days. This process, called curing, allows the cuts to dry and callous over. Now they’re ready for planting!
1. Add organic fertilizer to growing area. 2. Make a trench 6" deep. 3. Place cured potatoes 10" apart. 4. Cover back with soil. 5. Water deeply.
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