So you’ve been thinking of gardening for a while now and wondering what kind of plants to grow in your garden. Perhaps you just came up with the idea for trying to grow potatoes (Solanum tuberosum). The only trouble is, you’re not exactly sure how to go about it either. To help you out here are some of the things you need to consider when you decide to start gardening potatoes.
Reason #1: potatoes have lots of benefits and growing them in your garden can be one of those.
Reason #2: Growing potatoes is also a great way to save money and become more self-sufficient as well. Why do you think most people prefer certified seed potatoes over a hybrid? Chances are they choose to get certified seed potatoes because they are healthier. But are hybrid potatoes any healthier than certified seed potatoes? And why are certified seed potatoes more expensive than a hybrid?
Reason #3: When it comes to growing potatoes, one of the most important factors in the success of your efforts is how you prepare the soil around your potatoes. First, make sure that you’re planting in soil that’s suited to grow potatoes. Don’t just plant anything into that dirt. Use test kits to determine what soil would be best for growing potatoes, then spread your fertilizer on that soil.
Another factor in getting the best results is the spacing between your rows. There should be at least three to six inches between each row of potatoes, and that the spacing should be no less than four to six inches apart. It might also help to add a trellis system so that you can hang new potatoes. This will create a space between each growing point that is optimal for your potatoes.
Why should you spend more money on certified seed potatoes than a hybrid? If you’re a beginner, at least for the first few years, you should stick with a good quality seed potato. Those seed potatoes will provide the nutrients needed for successful planting and growing. The problem comes in when the potatoes start to bear fruit since the quality of the seed has been diluted.
Good quality seed potatoes usually have been treated to ensure they produce the most yield when planted. Look for tubers. Tubers are the small, hollowed roots that extend from the potato plant as well as other plants. They provide moisture and nutrients to the soil, which is vital for growing tubers.
So how should you store your potatoes if you want to learn how to grow potatoes? You should keep them cool and dry, out of the sun. Store-bought potatoes are often stored in a hot environment, which can affect their growth. Some stores sell organic potatoes instead but look for ones that haven’t been sprayed with pesticides. Organic potatoes are grown without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, so they’re less likely to cause harm to your soil.
Potatoes are a great addition to any diet. They taste great and add color and texture to food. If you want to learn how to grow potatoes, start by planting just a few tubers in a pot. As you gain experience in potato planting, you can move on to bigger and more expansive plots of land. Make sure you water your potatoes regularly so they produce the best-tasting potatoes possible.
When you decide to plant your potatoes, you should always make sure you pick a healthy plant. Buying store-bought potatoes will almost always have been grown under unhealthy conditions. You should also be wary of potatoes labeled as organic that don’t meet the criteria for organic status. Many of these won’t be tested for harmful chemicals, so it’s difficult to know what you’re getting.
You’ll find instructions on how to grow potatoes online, at your local garden store, or you can buy a book at your local bookstore. Start small with a small plot of land, until you get comfortable with the idea of potato growing. It’s not hard at all. Growing potatoes is much easier than it looks. Once you get past the soil hurdle, it’s simply a matter of maintaining a regular feeding routine with natural compost.
Growing potatoes isn’t an overwhelming prospect; it’s simply a matter of knowing how to plant them properly. You’ll need the proper soil (potting mix) and tools (pickers, shovels, etc. ), but once you get started, the work just goes faster. Keep in mind, if your soil is sandy, you’ll probably want to use compost on top of your soil (or buy a natural organic fertilizer). And make sure your tubers are in the holes, as they need room to grow.