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POTATOES LIKE COOL WEATHER so you should plant them as soon as possible in the early spring. Depending upon the variety and weather conditions, potatoes planted early April should be ready for digging late July.

  • Go to your local garden center and buy some seed potatoes.
  • Cut potatoes into pieces but make sure each piece has at least a couple of eyes (these are little bumps that will develop into roots).
  • Dry the potato pieces in the sun for a couple of hours.
  • Make rows that are 3-4 inches deep.
  • Plant the potatoes about three feet apart in the trenches and cover with about 2 inches of soil.
  • As the plants grow, you need to hill more soil around the plants.
  • After the plants have flowered you can start looking for new potatoes under the plants.

Container Potatoes

Some gardeners swear that they grow great potatoes in old trash cans-either plastic or galvanized metal.

  • Be sure to punch some drainage holes in the bottom. (A barrel, a wooden box, or any large container at least 18 inches deep with good drainage will work.)
  • Put a layer of soil about six inches deep into the bottom.
  • Place the seed potatoes inside, then cover with three inches of mulch or soil.
  • When leaves appear and plants are six to eight inches high, add another layer of soil and continue hilling them up until they reach the top.
  • To harvest, simply turn the can onto its side and shake out the crop!

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