I know its not the right season to sow potatoes but this post aims to make you ready well before the season arrives! 🙂
Growing potatoes is pretty different from growing an eggplant or a tomato! So here’s how we do it!
Step 1: Select the potatoes with shoots!
Step 2: You can use the whole of a potato or just cut the portion of the potato with shoot and use it.
Step 3: Fill the soil(mixed with compost) in a bag. There are many Planting Bags or Grow Bags available. If you don’t wish to purchase one, use a gunny sack or a big cloth/plastic bag! There are many advantages of using a bag instead of a container to grow potatoes. The most important one being ease of harvesting. However if you’re not comfortable you can choose to grow your potatoes in a container. Just ensure that the container or pot is big enough.
Step 4: Plant the potato with shoots in the bag.
Step 5: Now just regularly water the plant and enjoy them growing
Step 6: Potatoes have very beautiful leaves and act as a great decor
Step 7: Have a look at the flowers!
Step 8: Potatoes take from 8 weeks to 14 weeks to grow. You can dig in slightly to find out how well they are growing!
Step 9: Harvest it! Just pick up the bag and empty it! Take out all your potatoes! Many people like small potatoes so they harvest them a bit early. For those of you who like big potatoes harvest them only when they have fully grown!
Note: For all my friends in India: Start around mid-November! You’ll know it instinctively as all the potatoes in basket will start developing shoots! 🙂
HAPPY GARDENING! 🙂