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Posted on February 16, 2018 at 11:23 AM by Wendy Jorgensen
Your vegetable garden may be prepared for spring, but it’s
still too early to plant most things. Except for potatoes! Potatoes can grow in
slightly cooler soil (must be at least 45 degrees F) and can survive a light
frost, making them perfect to plant in late-February in North Texas. They are
also a great plant for beginner gardeners as they are relatively easy to
maintain. Follow this step-by-step guide and have some fresh, homegrown
potatoes of your own.
First, always do your research and find out what varieties
grow best in your area. For North Texas, common varieties include Kennebec
(white potato), Pontiac (red potato) and Yukon Gold (yellow potato). Buy potato
seeds 2-3 weeks ahead of time, and you can often find variety sets at garden
Place your newly bought seed potatoes in brown paper bags
for 1 week in a warm area. This will give it what we call “eyes,” which are the
buds grown out of the potato to form into new plants.
Take a clean, sharp knife and cut sections of the potato
off with two or three eyes each. Make sure each section you have cut weighs
approximately 2 ounces. Now, don’t plant them just yet! Let the sections of
potato you just cut sit for 2 to 3 days so they callus over. This allows them
to seal and prevent any rotting from taking place. For small potatoes, you can
skip the cutting step and simply plant them whole.
Potatoes generally grow best in rows.Begin by digging a trench 6-8 inches deep, lightly scattering some fertilizer and then planting
the potato pieces with the eyes facing up every 18-24 inches. If you have
multiple rows, make sure they are 3-4 feet apart from one another. Fill the
trench with soil to ground level and scatter more fertilizer on top. As the
potatoes grow, you only need to keep the soil moist, not wet.
Potatoes can also grow in containers. If you don’t have the
space for a big garden, growing baby potatoes in a container garden would be a
great option. No need to go out and buy soil and fertilizer, Texas Pure
Products has you covered with our Powerful
By mid-June, your potatoes should be blooming and ready for
harvest. You will know when your potatoes are ready by rubbing the skin lightly
with your finger and the potato peel does not slip around. And voila, you have
homegrown potatoes ready to cook! To ensure the best flavor and texture, eat
the potatoes within the same day of picking them.
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