Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: Growing Potatoes

Growing potatoes is a cinch with our tips for choosing the best varieties, planting and harvesting.

| March/April 2014

  • Potatoes are so easy to grow that most gardeners can grow just about any variety.
    Photo by Martin Poole

Few crops are easier to grow than potatoes, and many varieties naturally break dormancy and start sprouting in early spring.

To learn more about getting started with your own garden, see Vegetable Gardening Tips for Beginners.

• In late winter, a couple of months before your last spring frost date, start collecting smallish store-bought potatoes you especially like, and set them in a warm, sunny windowsill. The sunlight will make them turn green, and the puckered “eyes” will swell into sprouts.

• Two to three weeks before your last frost, plant the sprouting potatoes three inches deep and at least 12 inches apart in a sunny spot.



• After the plants grow to a foot tall, hill up soil around the base of the plants to protect shallow tubers from exposure to sun. Then mulch heavily with grass clippings, straw or chopped leaves.

• When new growth stops and the older leaves start turning yellow, the lone potato you planted will have multiplied into a cluster of five or more nice potatoes just like their parent. If you’ve never eaten garden-fresh potatoes, you may be surprised by their juiciness and how quickly they cook.



Subscribe today and save 58%

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living !

Mother Earth LivingWelcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $19.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $24.95.




Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds