How to plant potatoes
Planting potatoes is really easy, so much so that you can do it even in a pot.
Potatoes are undoubtedly one of the most recurrent foods in our kitchen and if you have a small vegetable garden in your home or have decided to grow all kinds of fruits and vegetables in your garden, you may also want to grow potatoes, something that is really easy as we see in the step guide below, in which we explain how to plant potatoes.
Growing potatoes is easier than you think. This operation allows gardeners to feel particularly satisfied, as each potato that is sown produces many others.
Originally from South America, potatoes have numerous beneficial properties and are rich in starch.
The ideal crop requires a mild climate and the choice of soil must also be precise, as it requires abundant water as well as a large amount of organic matter. Let us then see how to proceed.
Steps to planting potatoes
To grow potatoes properly in your home garden, you must make sure that the soil is fertile and constantly moist. Even its depth should not be underestimated, as it should be at least 60 cm.
The same applies if you want to plant potatoes in a pot. It is therefore necessary to make holes maintaining a distance of 40 cm and insert the potatoes into them in such a way as to favour the development of the shoots upwards. In this sense, it is advisable to execute the plantation in a row.
If you wish to obtain a large quantity of potatoes for boiling, it is necessary to form more rows, maintaining a distance of at least 70 cm between them, to facilitate correct growth. In addition, it will be good to cover the potatoes with a layer of soil of 7 or 8 centimeters.
At this point, we must wait until the end of the summer season and remember to water the plants often with care. It is advisable to cut the root of the plants slightly near the top two weeks before harvest. Once autumn has arrived, it is finally possible to devote oneself to potato harvesting.
If you grow potatoes in a pot, you’ll get lots of really tasty “new” potatoes that you can eat directly with your skin, after you’ve washed and brushed them.
Both rectangular and round pots are suitable, but must be more than 30 cm deep to allow the potatoes to develop. You can easily place the pot with your potatoes on the balcony.
As for the soil in the pot, the best yields are obtained in soils with organic substance, well ventilated and with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5.
With these simple steps you will be able to grow potatoes easily and problem-free all year round.