Have you ever grown potatoes in your home garden? If you have a sunny spot and a few feet of space, they're really easy to grow! Today I planted the first of the seed potatoes in my garden, & I'll show you how to plant them in yours too.
A few facts about potatoes:
- The potatoes you order and plant (or save and then plant) are called seed potatoes
- Potato plants get to be about 12-16 inches high!
- Potato plants will have pretty flowers on the top
- Correct spacing for potatoes is 1 per 12", with 12" between rows
Step 1: Dig a 3-4" deep trench across the length of your bed. If you're planting in a 4'x8', you could have 4 trenches 8 feet long.
Step 2: Place potatoes in trench, 12' apart. You want to place the eye of the potato up towards the sky.
Step 3: Cover the potatoes with 1-2 inches of soil. In several weeks, they'll start to push out of the ground with little buds.
|First Potato plant leaves|
Step 4: As the plants grow, you can level out the soil. Once potato plants get to be 5-6" tall, you can begin to mound up the soil at the base of each plant, to give your potatoes more space to grow!
Good luck with your potato growing! :)
Mature potato plant- pretty, right?