In this series I’m compiling the quick and dirty info on growing specific vegetables. Just the basics. No fluff, no frills. When you’re sitting down in the late Winter, surrounded by seed catalogs, and your garden plan in front of you, you want a quick reference. How far apart can you plant? What pH do they need? How much water? What vegetables can you plant next to others? Which should you avoid?
This quick and dirty 30 second guide to Potatoes should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted a quick cheat sheet like this, so hopefully you’ll find it useful too!
Potatoes are definitely on my list of great, easy, beginner-gardener vegetable to grow. My very first garden, I planted basic white potatoes and was amazed at the results. Simply boiled, they tasted so smooth and buttery.
Even better? They require very little work. You have to mound up more dirt around the base of the plant as it grows, and keep an eye out for pests, but that’s it! They’re very forgiving to soil type, drought, sunlight, etc.
You can even grow them in containers. Check out Natalie Linda’s post on 16 vegetables you can grow in containers for more info.
In the kitchen, I love how versatile potatoes are. Mashed, fried, scalloped, baked. You can’t go wrong with potatoes.
Nutritionally, they are an excellent source of Vit B6, Potassium, Cooper, Vit C and Manganese. They also contain a ton of antioxidant phytonutrients. Delicious and good for you!
If you’re growing Potatoes this year, here’s what you need to know:
1-2 inch per week
Direct sow after last frost
Beans, Broccoli, Garlic, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Radishes
Avoid Planting With
Cucumbers, Melons, Squash, Tomatoes, Turnips
In mounded rows 12 inches apart
Low maintenance. Hill up soil around the base of the plant every few weeks
Saving The Seeds
Saving potato “seeds” is one of the easiest vegetable to save seeds from. Like the potato starters you perhaps bought from the store, to save potato “seeds” for next year, simply set aside a few potatoes for long-term storage. The following spring, several “eyes” will appear all over your potatoes. Divide them up, with one “eye” per piece, and let them dry a little. Then plant!