Potatoes

Potato Growing

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

My family has 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!

Eelworm is a parasitic nematode that lives in the soil and feeds on plant roots. Its host plants are nightshades and they particularly like potatoes and ...

There is nothing quite like the creamy texture of a homegrown potato. The difference in taste between homegrown and store-bought is so dramatic, that I try ...

Potatoes are one of my favorite crops to grow in the garden. They grow easily, give bountiful harvests, come in fascinating varieties, and are much more ...

Potatoes grow under the soil - this means it's not convenient to look at them to see when they're ready to harvest until you actually harvest them. This is ...

If you love tasty new potatoes as much as I do you’d probably do nearly anything to improve their taste and yield. That’s why you owe it to yourself to try ...

So you live in an apartment and you want to know the best way to store your potatoes. Let's take a look at the options. What are the ideal conditions to ...

Do you know what size potatoes are when the plant begins to flower? Many people believe that when a potato plant begins to flower the potatoes are ready to ...

If you’re looking for a crop to add sustenance to your vegetable garden, look no further than the mighty potato. Potatoes have been a dietary staple for ...

How long do potatoes take to grow? It’s safe to say that gardeners love to watch their crops grow. We wait patiently for each sprout to mature and produce ...

French fries are one of my favorite foods and something I’ve come to make regularly at home. Restaurant portion sizes sometimes just don’t cut it and not ...

If you’re new to growing potatoes, at some point you'll ask yourself, “Why are my potato plants turning yellow?”. Most likely, this is a natural part of the ...

Did you know that there are whole grading systems to classify potatoes by quality and size? These classification systems vary around the world but have been ...

For most varieties of potatoes you should expect to harvest between 8 to 14 potatoes per plant. The size of these potatoes will vary due to how well you have ...

The purpose of this article is to teach you the skills required to make a quick assessment about how to tell if a potato is bad or not just by looking at it. ...

There is much controversy as to whether potatoes are a vegetable or fruit, and why! This article outlines exactly what a potato is, whether they’re one of our ...

Often you’ll come across recipes which don’t state how many potatoes you need, but the weight. This can be frustrating if you don’t know the weight of a ...

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, ...

Eaten by cultures the world over, potatoes are a staple in most diets. They provide a plethora of important nutrients. Fiber, magnesium, potassium, and ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

In this article we will discover how to plant potatoes from eyes. A potato plant will grow again from a potato, a sprout will emerge from one of the “eyes” ...

What is "hilling up" potatoes Gardening is always thought to be simple and easy, looking from the outside. This is the idea: Plant the seed in the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Have you ever wondered how do farmers grow potatoes? Many farms use the following equipment when growing their potatoes: A crop sprayer - used to protect ...

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 ...

With more and more people living in cities with limited space outdoors for gardening, many urban gardeners are turning to container gardening. This practice ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

Today I will show you how to get potatoes to sprout eyes. I do this a few weeks in advance of planting, which can mean your potatoes will be ready up to 2 ...

Choosing the best place to plant your potatoes will be different for everyone. We al have different areas available to grow things in. Some people may have ...

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. One of ...