grow potatoes at home

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Quick tips for growing potatoes

Grow potatoes! You know you love them, so grow them. Why make potatoes part of
your prepping plan? Here are three good reasons to grow potatoes. Below are
three good reasons to start growing potatoes.

Why grow potatoes?

#1 Potatoes are easy to grow!
You won't need any fancy machinery to grow potatoes. You'll find several easy
options for growing potatoes even in small containers. To harvest and enjoy, just
pull them from the earth, give them a good wash and cook them. Here's how to get
your potato crop started. Can you grow potatoes from potatoes?

  • Get seed potatoes. There are two ways to these:
  1. Buy seed potatoes from a reputable source. Choose organic seed
    potatoes, as the popular yukon gold seed potatoes pictured above.
    Your aim is to get disease-free potatoes and to buy organic. Be sure to
    buy from quality sellers like the ones on Amazon. If you're buying
    locally, use your sense of smell to see if the seed potatoes are rotting
    and disease-free.
  2. Seed your own potatoes for planting. For beginners, this option for
    getting your potato crop is not a good idea as tempting as it may be.
    That's because it's very difficult to seed without ample experience and
    you need to start with healthy, chemical free potatoes.

  • Chit potatoes. "Chitting" or greening potatoes induces sprouting, ensuring
    your seed potatoes are ready for planting. You can pre-sprout your seed
    potatoes indoors, so you can enjoy earlier crops. Sitting potatoes in a cool
    dark place encourages sprouting. Note that supermarket potatoes have been
    sprayed with a chemical to PREVENT sprouting. The eyes are where you'll see
    the sprouts.

  • After they've sprouted, cut larger potatoes into chunks about two days
    before planting as long as you maintain at lease two eyes/sprouta.
    This reduces the risk of rotting.

  • Prepare the bed by loosening the soil at least 10-12 inches deep. Want
    small potatoes? Space plants closer together.

  • Be sure to plant by St. Patrick's Day, so you can harvest in July.
    Otherwise it may be too late!

#2 Potatoes are an almost perfect and complete food source.
A medium sized potato including the peel, packs provides 27 mg of vitamin C, which
is about 45% of what you'll need. Plus you'll get Potassium, Vitamin B6 and trace
amounts of other essentials including folate, iron, magnesium, niacin, riboflavin,
thiamine and zinc.

Knowing you can
survive on a healthy diet of potatoes supplemented only with
milk or butter, which have the two vitamins not in potatoes, (vitamins A and D) is
reason enough to grow potatoes. But did you know that growing potatoes would
pack more energy per square foot than just about anything else you could grow?
And best of all, home grown potatoes are tastier than anything you could buy at the

  • Got powdered milk? A cup of milk provides 23% of your vitamin A for the day in
    addition to Vitamin D and calcium! Preppers should store powdered freeze
    dried milk.

  • Got butter? Butter provides both Vitamin A and Vitamin D as well.
    Commercially canned butter is best.

The only downside to potatoes is that you may need to peel them like the dreaded
military chore of peeling potatoes for the troops. No worries! Just get yourself a
sturdy potato peeler, like the Back To Basics Apple And Potato Peeler, pictured at
the lower right hand of the page.

Here are some tips on growing potatoes

Where to plant potatoes
Potatoes can grow just about anywhere or any climate or any size garden, but they
like loose, well cultivated and acidic soil. Try coffee grounds or pine needles to make
the soil rich enough to grow potatoes easily!

  • Avoid planting your potato crop directly with tomatoes, sunflowers,
    raspberries, pumpkins, squash, or cucumbers. Why? Competition provides the
    answer. Tomatoes, which are in the same plant family as potatoes, will
    compete for the soil conditions. Squash, will compete for sunlight. They are

  • Go ahead and plant Beans, cabbage, corn, and horseradish with your
    potatoes as these are great companions in the garden to help potatoes grow!

  • Plant potatoes in a container! Potatoes do well in large, tall containers (even
    garbage cans). To harvest, just tip the container. For container potatoes,
    make sure you to have good air circulation (e.g., drill holes in plastic). You can
    even plant potatoes in an old tire.

How to harvest potatoes and maintain your home grown potatoes
  • Harvest can begin as early as the plant begins to flower as with new
    potatoes; however the harvest for larger more mature potatoes starts when
    the foliage begins to die. Essentially when the visible portion is dry.

  • Potatoes are a low maintenance crop. If you leave any potatoes in the
    ground, they'll pop up again next year. Imagine enjoying home grown
    potatoes year after year! This can happen if you ensure quality soil. Generally
    in three years the soil will be depleted on its own. So there you have it:
    potatoes are an easy crop to grow. So start now and easily grow your own
    potatoes at home.

So how will your potatoes grow? Very easily! Even so, preppers always have a
backup plan! Be sure to have a
supply of freeze dried potato products to help
ensure you won't ever go hungry.


  • A sweet potato is not a potato at all. Sweet potatoes are actually a
    completely different vegetable than regular potatoes. Sweet potatoes are not
    in the same botanical Family unlike potatoes, they need hot weather to
    thrive. Sweet potatoes are tropical perennials. Essentially their production
    decreases when temperatures fall below 64 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • NEVER eat green potatoes because they are poisonous! So while you can
    eat a fried green tomato, you should never eat a fried green potato!

Now you know how easy it is to grow potatoes at home! You can survive on a
healthy diet of potatoes supplemented only with milk or butter, which have the two
vitamins not in potatoes, (vitamins A and D), so why not grow potatoes at home?

Want to Grow Potatoes at Home?
Here are six methods for growing potatoes at home from

Here's how to grow potatoes

Happy endings...
Did you know that today the first Monday of April is officially Tater Day? Tater day
began in Benton, Kentucky in 1842. It was a market day to buy potato shoots for
the next growing season. Pretty son there was a carnival and all sorts of fun
surrounding the day. This year is the 173rd annual Tater Day (2016) and  in Benton,
Kentucky it's celebrated from Thursday, March 31st through Monday, April 4th!

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Grow potatoes anywhere, without tilling
beds or hilling up soil. Harvesting is a
snap; just dump out the soil and there
they are! The Jumbo Potato Grow Bag,
pictured above, offers plenty of room for
a big harvest. The patented fabric
air-prunes roots for stronger, healthier
plants. It also aerates soil, prevents heat
build-up and allows excess water to drain
away. Reinforced nylon handles. Fold for
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