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Get your vegetable patch started with these gardening tutorials.
You Will Need
- Certified seed potatoes
- 5-10-10 or 10-20-20 fertilizer
- Straw (optional)
Buy certified seed potatoes from a nursery. These are disease-resistant potatoes sold especially for planting.
Get seed potatoes
Dig one or more trenches about a foot deep and 2 to 3 feet apart. Fill the bottoms with loose soil mixed with fertilizer.
Cut and temporarily store seed potatoes
Cut the seed potatoes into two to four pieces, leaving at least one eye on each piece. Store the pieces in a paper bag for a day or two, until calluses form over the cuts.
Plant the pieces in the prepared soil, about an inch deep.
Water thoroughly once a week, no more or less.
"Hill up" the growing vines
"Hill up" the growing vines by piling dirt on the plants when they reach 6 to 12 inches. Leave an inch sticking out at the top. Potatoes will grow in the piled-up dirt. Repeat once or twice during the season.
Check your potatoes one month after the plants flower. Dig gently into a hill. If the potatoes look large enough, harvest and enjoy.
Store extra potatoes in a cool, dry place. They will keep for several months.