Wondering how to grow potatoes? We’re here to help! The taste and the texture of homegrown potatoes are far superior to those of store-bought spuds, especially the early varieties. Here’s how to plant, grow, and harvest potatoes in your garden.
Potatoes need a cool climate, and also need to be watched to prevent sunburn. In warmer climate zones, potatoes can be grown as a winter crop.
Potatoes like cool weather and soil that is about 45° to 55°F and can be turned over without clumping.
Folklore offers many “best days” for planting potatoes:
- Old-timers in New England planted their potato crops when they saw dandelions blooming in the open fields.
- The Pennsylvania Dutch considered St. Gertrude’s Day (March 17, aka St. Patrick’s Day) to be their official potato-planting day.
- Many Christians believed that Good Friday is the best day to plant potatoes because the devil holds no power over them at this time.
- Yet another tradition suggested planting before the vernal equinox (March 19 or 20).
All of these “best days” suggest an early spring planting!