Grow Your Own / From Seed Potato to Spud Success: A Beginner’s Guide

Fancy homegrown potatoes but don’t know where to start? Seed potatoes, not to be confused with regular potatoes from the supermarket, are the key to your spud-tacular journey! Here’s a simple guide to get you started:

  1. Chit them: Place the seed potatoes in a light, cool place (like a windowsill) for a few weeks. This helps them sprout small green shoots, giving them a headstart.

  2. Prepare the ground: Choose a sunny spot and loosen the soil. Dig a trench about 6 inches (14cm) deep.

  3. Plant them: Place the potatoes in the trench with the shoots facing up, about 12-15 inches (30cm) apart. Cover them with soil. Hill up more soil around them as they grow.

  4. Water regularly: Potatoes like consistent moisture, so water them especially during dry spells.

  5. Harvest: When the plants flower and start to die back, your potatoes are ready to harvest. Dig them up carefully and enjoy!

Enjoy your homegrown spuds! You can store them in a cool, dark place for a few weeks or use them in your favorite recipes.

Bonus tip: Save some of your best potatoes for next year’s planting! Just remember to choose disease-free ones for continued success.

With a little effort, you can be enjoying delicious, homegrown potatoes in no time!

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