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Potatoes provide gardeners with a prolific harvest, and lots of choice. They are easy to grow, but can take over your entire garden bed so take caution when picking your spot to plant them. For a multitude of different varieties check your local seed catalog, they come in purple and red!
How Do I Grow Potatoes?
Plant your spuds in the spring when soil is 45 F. Two days before planting, cut potatoes into seed pieces about 1 1/2 inch square with 1 sprouted eye per section. An eye is a little growth node, that's where your potato will form a vine from.
Dig down as deep as you can, no less than 6" and place spuds at the proper spacing (4 inches apart) with the eye facing up. When plants are 6 inches tall add more soil to bury them half way. Do this again when plants grow another 6 inches Add more soil when plants grow another few inches, by this time you should have a nice mound.
You want to keep the soil well piled up, if your potatoes see the sun and turn green they can become toxic.
1 cup red pepper: Vitamin A (93%), Vitamin C (317%), Vitamin E (12%), Vitamin B6 (22%), Folate (17%), Fibre (13%), Potassium (9%), Manganese (8%)
Prepare for a fun treasure hunt and to get dirty. After 2 months or when you see potatoes flowers, stick your hand in the mound and gently feel around for potatoes big enough to eat. New potatoes can be harvested in early summer whereas, late potatoes can be harvested when foliage dies in the fall.
Let the potatoes you dig up dry for a couple of days. Small new potatoes do not store as well. At the end of the season, remove soil and look for any more potatoes. Store potatoes in a cool (40 F) location for up to 36 months. Do not eat green potatoes, they can be toxic!
Preparing and using
Potatoes have been a staple in many people's diets for centuries. They are great boiled, steamed, baked, fried or grilled.
Put potatoes in water immediately after peeling them or they will discolour. Thin skinned potatoes shouldn’t be peeled. Potatoes don’t freeze, dry or can well.
Helpful Tips and Tricks
You can plant last years potatoes this year! And if they’re really big (more than a couple inches in diameter) you can cut them to get more. Be sure that each of your cuttings has at least one eye, better if there’s two. Let the cut pieces dry out for a day or two then you’re ready to plant!