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How do I grow potatoes at home? - by Benson - Swedish Design

How do I grow potatoes at home?

Growing potatoes is a simple and rewarding gardening activity. You can successfully cultivate potatoes by planting seed potatoes at the right depth and spacing in nutrient-rich soil. Basic care, such as protecting them from wildlife, is mostly what's needed. Once the foliage reaches a certain height, you can expect a bountiful harvest, typically between July and August if planted in March or April.

What Equipment Do You Need to Grow Potatoes?

To grow potatoes, you will need the following equipment:

  • Seed Potatoes: Choose high-quality seed potatoes from a reliable source.
  • Garden Spade or Fork: For preparing the soil and planting.
  • Hoe or Cultivator: Useful for maintaining soil conditions around the plants.
  • Watering Can or Hose: Ensures consistent moisture level.
  • Garden Netting or Fencing: To protect your plants from animals.
  • Mulch: Helps retain soil moisture and control weeds.

How to Plant Potatoes

  1. Prepare the Soil: Choose a sunny spot and loosen the soil to about 12 inches deep. Mix in compost or well-rotted manure for nutrients.
  2. Cut and Cure Seed Potatoes: If large, cut the seed potatoes into smaller pieces with several eyes each. Let them cure for a couple of days to form a protective skin.
  3. Planting: Plant the seed potatoes about 3 inches deep and 12 inches apart, in rows spaced about 3 feet apart.
  4. Covering: Cover with soil and water well.

Watering and Caring for Your Potatoes

  • Watering: Keep the soil moist, especially during the growth of tubers.
  • Hilling: Pile soil around the stems as they grow to prevent sunlight from reaching the tubers.
  • Weeding: Regularly remove weeds to reduce competition for nutrients.

When to Harvest Potatoes

You can harvest your potatoes once the foliage has died back, usually 2-3 weeks after the plants have finished flowering. This allows the skin of the potatoes to toughen up, making them easier to store.

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