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How do you grow potatoes?

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asked Mar 27, 2014 in Fruit & Vegetables by Yosemite.sam1989 Experienced Beginner (273 points)

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Potatoes are some of the most idiot-proof vegetables you can grow, simply:

1) Get some potatoes

2) Put them in some dirt in the ground

3) Cover them up with soil

4) Leave them for a few months while a potato plant grows

5) Dig 'em up, and you've got more potatoes.

Check out The Vegetable & Herb Expert to get further information on how to do it properly + what varieties to plant.

answered Jun 8, 2014 by jduck1979 Beginner (188 points)
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I can give you 3 methods:

Hilled Rows
Dig straight, shallow trenches, two to three feet apart, in prepared soil. Plant seed potatoes 12 inches apart and cover with about 3 inches of soil. When the shoots reach 10 to 12 inches tall, use a hoe or shovel to scoop soil from between rows and mound it against the plants, burying the stems halfway. Repeat as needed through the growing season to keep the tubers covered.
Straw Mulch
Place seed potatoes on the surface of prepared soil, following the spacing specified for hilled rows, and cover them with three to four inches of loose, seed-free straw. Mound more straw around the stems as they grow, eventually creating a layer of one foot or more in depth.
Raised Bed
Loosen the soil in the bottom of a half-filled raised bed. Space seed potatoes about 12 inches apart in all directions and bury them 3 inches deep. As the potatoes grow, add more soil until the bed is filled. If possible, simplify harvest by removing the sides. This method yielded the largest harvest in my trials, and the potatoes were uniformly large in size.

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