We planted our seed potatoes a couple of weeks ago. I then saw an article on how to grow seed potatoes that used a method quite different from the one I use.
After a quick search, I discovered that my method isn’t widely shared – which is a shame because it works really well.
Here’s the method I use to plant see potatoes that results in a HUGE yield.
1. Using a Hoe, Mound Dirt
First, determine a good spot in your garden for a row of potatoes. Next, use your garden hoe and create a mound of dirt approximately one foot wide and 8-10 inches high.
Ensure the dirt in your mound is loose; if it’s not, chopped it up with the hoe.
2. Place Your Potato in the Peak of the Mound
Carve out a small section 4-5 inches deep at the very tip of your mound. Place in one seed potato and then cover it with loose dirt.
3. Let Your Potatoes Grow
That’s all there is to it! The mounds of loose dirt allow the potatoes to multiply easily.
Your potatoes will produce foliage. When that foliage stops flowering, you’ll have small, tender potatoes. Your potatoes will be fully mature when the foliage begins to die.
4. Harvest Your Potatoes
When it’s time to harvest your potatoes, carefully use a shovel to dig them up. Remember to be gentle so that the potatoes aren’t bruised or ripped.
Other FAQ About How to Plant Seed Potatoes
When should I plant?
Seed potatoes can be planted in the early spring. However, the ground needs to be at least 45 degrees Fahrenheit and workable.
Are there other methods for how to plant seed potatoes?
Yes, but I haven’t tried them. This one from Almanac.com seems to be the method most shared online.
Do I need to water my potatoes?
That depends on the area you live in and how much rain you get. I personally have NEVER watered my potatoes after planting, and they always turn out great. (I live in Ohio.) If you live in an arid climate, then yes, you may need to water occasionally.
However, avoid keeping your potatoes overly saturated, or they will rot.
How do you store potatoes?
If you wish to store potatoes for an extended period of time, DO NOT wash them with water. Instead, clean the dirt off with a dry rag or scrub brush.
They store best in a cool, dark, dry place.
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