Potatoes

Potato Growing

This is the Potatoes section of the website where you’ll find all the articles about potatoes.

My family have been growing potatoes for generations and it plays a big part in daily life. There are many different things to learn when growing your own potatoes and i have tried to cover as many as possible in this section. If you need any help or have any questions please ask i like to help as much as possible. Growing your own potatoes is rewarding and never gets old!

Should I Remove Potato Fruit:the what and why

Home gardeners are sometimes shocked to see something quite unusual on their potato plants: fruit! While we may often notice small blossoms in July or August, few people have seen the fruit that look like green cherry tomatoes at the top of the ...

Can Dogs Eat Potato Skins: raw or cooked answers

Eaten by cultures the world over, potatoes are a staple in most diets. They provide a plethora of important nutrients – fiber, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins such as C and B6 with a relatively low caloric content. Their complex carbohydrates ...

The Nutritional Value Of Baked Potatoes: the facts

They are one of the most versatile and widely used root vegetables in the world. Because they are inexpensive and fairly easy to grow in rich soils worldwide, potatoes have long been a staple food for many cultures. In fact, in the mid-19th ...

How Long Do Potatoes Last: guidelines for storage

The length of time potatoes last is mostly dependent on the temperature they are stored at. In normal home cupboard conditions the temperature will be roughly 60 fahrenheit / 15 degrees centigrade. At this temperature the potatoes will remain firm ...

When To Harvest Potatoes: when are they ready?

How do you know if your potatoes are ready to harvest? As straightforward as this subject may sound, there are different considerations you should be aware of before you begin harvesting. How to grow potatoes Before I begin this article ...

What Is Potato Scab: Description and Treatments

The season is almost over, autumn is around the corner and the cool temperatures at night are really starting to set in. Even with all the fun of growing a garden, it is still a lot of work and you are ready to reap the rewards. Grabbing your ...

What Does Blight Look Like On Potatoes

At times, history classes may not have been easy to pay attention to, yet we have all heard of the potato famine that took place in Ireland. A disease that wiped out much of the population of the country is definitely worth taking a second look at. ...

How Often To Water Potatoes

Potatoes grow best when they have a steady supply of 2-3 inches of water per week without fully drying out. Potato plants should be watered deeply, especially if it gets very hot and dry. The soil should be moist 8 to 10 inches underground. ...

Aphids In Potatoes: what are they, what do they do?

When we start thinking about our gardens, great green bushes are pictured, along with healthy harvested onions, and beautiful bushy herbs. In this article, we will take a look at what an aphid is, aphids in potatoes, what to look for and how to ...

How Many Potatoes To Plant For A Family Of Four

To feed a family of four, start off by planting 40 potato plants. This will provide you with a potato based meal 2 to 3 times a week. The 40 plants will provide up to 6 months worth of meals. If you find 40 plants provides you with too many ...

How to Grow Potatoes Indoors

Can you grow potatoes indoors? Well in a word - YES! Read on to discover how to grow potatoes indoors- it's not as difficult as you might think! Everyone waits with bated breath as the months draw away from winter and towards the coming spring. ...

How To Plant Potatoes From Eyes: finding the eyes

A potato plant will grow again from a potato, a sprout will emerge from one of the “eyes” – a small dimple on the potato surface. When the conditions are right a full new potato plant will grow from this sprout. Do potatoes produce seeds ...

How To Hill Up Potatoes: why and how to do it

What is "hilling up" potatoes Gardening is always thought to be simple and easy, looking from the outside. This is the idea: Step one: put the seed in the ground. Step two: add some water. Step three: Plant grows. Step four: Pick your fresh ...

Growing Potatoes In A Bucket

In this article i will walk you through the steps and list the materials required to show you how to grow potatoes in a bucket- a great way to introduce yourself to the wonderful experience of growing your own potatoes. There are few vegetables ...

How Much Sunlight Do Potatoes Need

Potatoes grow best when they have at least 8 hours of sunlight every day. They don't need full sun to thrive and too much heat is not ideal - discover the facts in this article.. Spring is here! It’s time to begin planning your vegetable patch. ...

How to Store Potatoes from the Garden

Learning how to properly store your potatoes once they have been dug from the garden is an important part of your potato growing season. Potatoes should be stored in a cool dark room with good ventilation. The potatoes should be harvested dry or ...

What To Spray Potatoes With To Control Weeds

Your potato plot should be sprayed with broad spectrum herbicide 6 weeks before ploughing or digging and tilling. The planted area should be sprayed again with a broad spectrum herbicide before the potato plants come through the ground -this is ...

The Best Tasting Potatoes to Grow: variety selection

No matter how you slice, dice, or mash them, potatoes are delicious. A staple food for many cultures across the globe, they are a vegetable which would be difficult to live without. Although store-bought potatoes are tasty, nothing beats the ...

What Causes Potato Blight: what you need to know

Potato blight is caused by a fungus, of which there are two different types - Alternaria solani in Early potato blight and Phytophthora infestans in Late potato blight. For a gardener, there is very little that is more heartbreaking than pouring ...

How Do Farmers Grow Potatoes: their machines

Farmers use the following equipment when growing their potatoes: A crop sprayer - used to protect the crop from diseases.A plough to begin field cultivations.A rotovator/rototiller used to make the soil fine before planting.A seed potato ...

Homemade Potato Blight Spray: make your own

In this article I will show you how to make two homemade potato blight sprays - one is called Bordeaux formula- made with lime and Copper sulphate, the other is called Cornell formula- made with dish washing liquid and oil. Over 150 years ago, a ...

Homemade Fertilizer For Potatoes

With more and more people living in cities where there is limited space outdoors for gardening, many urban gardeners are turning to container gardening. This practice is great for herbs and other shallow-rooting plants, but root vegetables do not ...

How To Grow Potatoes: The definitive guide

Do you want to know how to grow a really good crop of potatoes? This article is the definitive guide! Growing potatoes can be summarised in the points below: To begin you should remove all weeds, grass and other green foliage from the soil. ...

When to plant early potatoes

To answer the question "When to plant early potatoes?" this all depends on where you live and climate. Where I live in the UK the earliest we usually plant early potatoes is in the middle of February. This is when the outside air temperature ...

How Late Can You Plant Potatoes: seed to harvest

Potatoes can be planted as soon as the ground becomes workable in early spring. Usually by mid February you can get out and prepare the soil for planting. Potatoes will not grow until the soil temperature has reached 45F so when you plant them you ...

How To Get Potatoes To Sprout Eyes: preparation for planting

In this article i will show you how to get potatoes to sprout from their eyes which is also known as chitting seed potatoes. This is done a few weeks in advance of planting, which can mean your potatoes will be ready up to 2 weeks earlier than ...

Choosing Where To Plant Potatoes

Choosing the best place to plant your potatoes will be different for everyone, as each person will have different areas available to grow. For example some people may have a large vegetable garden, some may only have access to an area to grow ...

What Is The Best Fertilizer For Growing Potatoes?

Have you grown potatoes in the past and they turned out very small? If the answer is yes, then there will likely be a few reasons why this happened - The main mistake which many people make is not knowing the N,P,K breakdown of the soil. Not ...