How to Plant, Grow, & Harvest Potatoes Organically from Start to Finish!

potatoes the staple of American diets are easy to grow but can take up lots of space by memories of a meal of new potatoes peas and fresh salad is enough to at least plan a few unlike other vegetables potatoes are not planted from seed but from pieces of potatoes called seed potatoes containing eyes or buds potatoes are best grown in full Sun and enriched well-drained swell which can be achieved by tilling organic compost azomite for trace minerals and expanded shale into the existing soil raise the planning area as necessary to further ensure good drainage we plant them in rows to achieve this it is particularly important to provide excellent drainage in order to prevent rot from destroying your plans potato planting sites should be rotated on a 3-year program this means you need three suitable sites if you want to grow potatoes every year potatoes can be planted in early spring about one month before the last anticipated frost here in North Texas we plant in late January to the end of February on average it takes about ten weeks to grow golf-ball-sized potatoes my biggest secret with potatoes is sulfur sulfur is a naturally derived organic product which does three things it is a fungicide acid fertilizer and insecticide let me explain this first its a fungicide sulfur protects the cut potatoes from rot organisms in the early spring cool moist soil – it’s a acid fertilizer potatoes grow best in slightly acidic conditions six to 6.5 ph commercially growers like it even lower to prevent potato scab a disease that leaves raised scabby marks on potato skins but for the home garden like me and you that is impractical and if your potatoes develop scab it is no big deal just peel the affected potatoes before cooking number three it’s an insecticide ever since I began using sulfur I have never noticed any potato bugs on plants so get some garden sulfur it comes in four or five or even 50-pound bags that are available in most lawn and gardening centers or your farm supply store select the proper seed potatoes grocery stores are not appropriate for use in seed potatoes do not use them they have often been sprayed with an anti sprouting agent and even organically grown and treated potatoes probably haven’t had the proper dormancy period for the eyes to sprout correctly certified seed potatoes have been checked to make sure they’re disease-free and are ready for to sprout before planting keep your seed potatoes in a lit area but full Sun isn’t necessary and that room temperature for a week or two to cause more ice to sprout from each potato afterwards cut the potato into Ice Cube to golf ball-sized chunks each with two or three eyes on each potato chunk and then dust the chunks with dusting sulfur which I explained earlier which will help prevent rot leave the cut pieces to dry two or three days to cause the cut surface to cut up to crust up and seal dig a hole four to six inches deep in place a chunk every 6 to 12 inches apart and cover with soil making sure to place the seed potato in the hole cut side down with the eyes pointing up be patient as it takes a little while for the potatoes to come up as the potato shoots come up from the ground to the height of say 8 inches tall add soil around the stems leaving roughly four inches of growth exposed this helps the potatoes growing deep in the soil protected from sunlight which can turn the tender new potatoes green and bitter keep the plate the potato plants well watered but do not maintain a soggy bed the potatoes don’t grow well in a soggy soil don’t forget to feed your plants potatoes need extra phosphate for a root growth and they do not like too much nitrogen or you will get all plants and no potatoes I always look for organic fertilizers to use in my vegetable garden if I was going to fertilize with in Easton setting synthetic fertilizers you might as well buy your produce in the commercial grocery stores now it’s time to harvest your potatoes dig potatoes on a dry day dig up gently being careful not to puncture the tubers the soil should not be compact so digging will be easy you will begin to harvest your potatoes two to three weeks after the plants have finished flowering at this time you will find only small baby potatoes if you were digging up the plant potatoes can be harvest at any time after this by gently loosening the soil reaching under the plant and removing the largest tubers leaving the smaller ones to continue growing if you want larger potatoes for storage wait two to three weeks after the foliage has died back that followed you look brown and dead on the top the potatoes will have developed a tougher skins by this time carefully begin digging a foot or so outside of the row or mound remove the potatoes as you find them dig them and let them dry do not wash them right after digging which can easily damage the freshly dug potato skins don’t wash them until right before you are ready to use them washing potatoes well shorten their storage if you do this after digging pick out any potatoes with rotten spots or that were damaged or cut during digging the potatoes are then ready to store in a dark dry cool room do not distort potatoes with apples as they ethylene gas will cause potatoes to spoil so this is how we grow our potatoes and we’ve had great success for many many years so I wish you happy growing and good luck on your potato growing expedition

13 thoughts on “How to Plant, Grow, & Harvest Potatoes Organically from Start to Finish!

  1. First time Ive ever been able to hear the speaker.THANK YOU for speaking clearly and articulately. Up and down sing song happy voices dont help the listener as Ive found so often even with very knowledgeable presenters..

  2. I thought that potatoes are harvested when the plant dies, So many conflicting ways of doing things makes this hobby very confusing, think I’ll leave YouTube and just go to the library.

    Thanks for the effort put into making of the video 🍻

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