Potatoes are such a versatile food. You can bake them, fry them and boil them. Potatoes are great mashed, sliced, diced, chopped, or cooked whole. They are also very filling, quick to prep, and friendly on the budget. If you love the idea of producing something your family can enjoy at the dinner table, you might want to try your hand at potatoes.
Growing potatoes is easier than it looks and you can grow them even if you don't have a huge backyard. Keep reading to learn a few different ways you can grow your own potatoes:
1. In Rows: A more traditional method of growing potatoes, you dig shallow trenches about three feet apart in straight rows. Plant your potato seeds 12-inches apart and cover with 3 inches of soil. Once the shoots sprout, use the soil from between the rows to bury the stem halfway. Repeat as needed throughout growing season, according to Rodale's Organic Life.
2. Garbage Bag: If you want to try your hand at growing your potatoes in a container, try a garbage bag. They're cheap and easy to wrangle. You can plant seed potatoes (just cut pieces from a larger potato and make sure each piece has at least two eyes), according to The Almanac. Poke some holes in the garbage bag to provide ventilation and then fill your bag with a few inches of soil. Plant three or four pieces per bag, and cover with a little more soil. Roll the bag down so it's a few inches above the top of your soil.
As the potatoes sprout, add more dirt to cover the sprouts halfway. Unroll the bag and keep adding soil until the potatoes are fully grown. (An alternative option is to use grow bags, they are more attractive but a bit more expensive.)
3. Mulch/Hay: If your soil isn't ideal, try planting potatoes without actually planting them. You'll lay the potato seed right on top of the soil and cover the seeds with some mulch. As the potatoes grow, you add more mulch to keep them covered. While this is a super easy option, if you have mice, rabbits or deer that frequent your backyard, this may not be the safest option for your plants, The Spruce recommends.
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