22 Feb '12, 8pm

How to grow potatoes

How to grow potatoes

LOTS OF SPUD CHOICES: Potatoes for home growing are available in a wide variety of shapes and colors. (Photo: Tom Oder) Potatoes are a food staple that are easy to grow in garden beds or containers as long as they are planted on a schedule that avoids damaging frost and summer heat. Gardeners in Southern states can plant potatoes as early as mid-late February during a mild winter and harvest them in late spring. By the time the stems and leaves are up, the danger from heavy frosts should be past (potatoes can tolerate a light frost). In northern states, potatoes can be planted in the spring and should grow well throughout the warm summer months. They will be ready to harvest with the first frosts of fall. Here is a step-by-step guide for how to grow potatoes. Choosing potatoes This is a critical first step for two reasons: One, the potatoes must be organic. Non-organic pot...

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