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Planting Potatoes

Photo of planting potatoes Potatoes are in the ground ready
to be covered over

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How to Plant Potatoes

There is a little work to do before you can plant your spuds, follow this link for the details and a slideshow on fertilizing and garden preparation.

When to Plant

When to plant your potato crop will depend a lot on the spring in your area and how quickly it goes from too cold to too hot. Sometimes to get the season long enough to grow good potatoes planting will need to be done earlier with soil temperature below 50 F (10 C). Temperatures around 45 F (7 C) are ok as long as there is no chance of a hard freeze

Photo of temperature for planting potatoes

Photo Right - Potatoes are a cool-season vegetable that grows best in soil temperatures ranging from 50 - 70 degree F (10-21 C). Once soil temperature go over 80F (27 C) tuber growth slows considerably leaving the finished crop with fewer and smaller potatoes to harvest.
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Photo of growing potatoes in straw over concrete

Photo left - Many gardeners avoid growing potatoes because traditionally they are crop that take up a lot of space for the quantity of product produced. There is some truth in that thinking but even gardeners with a small area shouldn’t deny themselves the pleasure of at least a small crop of fresh home-grown spuds. This slideshow is made using a small garden bed and produced enough fresh potatoes to satisfy this potato lovers hankering.
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