Basics of growing potatoes:
Seeds Store potato seed in a cool, dark, well-aerated place before planting. You can cut up a larger seed before you plant it but be careful! Each piece needs at least 2 strong eyes and you may want to dust the pieces with powdered fungicide to reduce the risk of infection. We currently have a couple of powder fungicide products to choose from: Growing Potatoes like well-drained, compost-enriched soil. Don’t overdo the nitrogen or you’ll get many vines but few tubers. We suggest Sheep and Peat compost as a good balance for potatoes. Make the rows between 2 and 5 feet apart, trenches 6-8 inches deep and plant the seed pieces 10-14 inches apart in the trenches. Cover the seed with 3-4 inches of soil without completely filling the trench. As potato plants surface, cover the stem with more dirt, leaving the top of the plant poking out of the soil. Gently hill the vines (leaving about half of the vine exposed) to create more space for the potatoes to grow. You can plant potatoes right now, but keep an eye on the weather. If temperatures drop to freezing, you can cover your plants with a frost cloth. Potatoes don’t take much water, but do require consistency. Watering is dependent upon weather. If you have further questions, come to the store and we can help you! Harvest Harvest the main crop in mid to late October. Make sure to either harvest from dry soil or allow the potatoes to dry if they are wet when you harvest them. Discard any blemished, misshapen or damaged tubers; minor damages to the potato may heal if allowed to dry but keep them separated from uninjured potatoes.