Two Ways To Grow Potatoes At Home
FarmBiz|May 2020
With the recent disruption of our day-to-day lives, which affected global buying patterns and created fears of limited access to food, there could be no better time to start growing vegetables at home. Potatoes are nutritious and easy to grow, even if you do not have much of a garden. In addition to two easy ways to grow your own potatoes at home, we share a recipe for a hearty meal you can prepare with your harvest.

Potatoes are not fussy; all they need is loose soil with good drainage and plenty of sun. A good helping of fertiliser while preparing the soil for planting, will also give them a boost.

The easiest part about growing this vegetable is that you can plant any potato that has started to sprout. The part of the potato that sprouts is called the eye and, depending on how many eyes have formed, you can cut up the potato before planting. You can even grow potatoes from just the peel! Just ensure that the eyes are facing upwards when you plant them.

Once you have planted your sprouting potatoes, they need to be watered well and get full sun for most of the day. Potatoes do not generally require much water because their tubers do not like to get soggy. As such, it is important to water potatoes frequently to prevent plant stress, but never let the soil remain wet for long periods.

Once the potato plant starts to flower, it is busy producing tubers. Your potatoes will be ready to harvest once the leaves start to die back.

Potatoes can be planted from August to early June the following year in frost-free areas. In areas that commonly experience frost, it is best to plant from August to December or early January.

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