Learn how to grow potatoes in a container in your home with these easy steps.
There is nothing so satisfying and nourishing than unearthing your homegrown potatoes from the rich soil. The wholesome experience is totally rewarding as your successful homegrown venture yields buckets full of anticipated potato tubers in a gardening year.
A container the size of a garbage bin can hold approximately four plants. Make sure the drainage holes are adequate to allow any excess water to drain out.
Before we discuss all the steps to growing potatoes at home, it is important to decide on the potato type that you plan to grow in the container. Salad potatoes have a variety of options that really work well.
Another note is to keep the potatoes watered well. Potatoes grown in containers do not have the privilege of chasing moisture-rich soil. Water the plants continuously as they grow. Plants benefit from liquid feeds while they grow. Organic fertilizers and seaweed extract work well.
How to grow potatoes at home: a simple guide
The process is simple. There are not many rules besides matching seed potatoes in proportion to the container size that you plan to grow them in.
According to a systematic demonstration, the process is as follows:
1. Get a plastic container.
2. Cut out portions for water drainage.
3. Place the cut container into a full secure container
4. Put together a mixture of draining soil with fertilizer.
5. Fill the moistened soil mixture to four inches in.
6. Cut seed potatoes into chunks with several eyes. The smaller potatoes with eyes can be planted just as they are.
7. Plant the chunks approximately seven inches apart from each other covering with moist soil.
8. Add more soil to the container potatoes after they grow to about seven inches and continue covering the small plants until the container is filled to the top.
9. Container potatoes need to be watered well but do not let them get soggy.
10. In three months time, you have a full fresh harvest of homegrown potatoes. Harvest the container potatoes after the plants have flowers and turn yellow. Once stems have turned yellow, stop the watering and wait for a week. You remove new potatoes before the flowering as well.
11. Dig out your new freshly grown potatoes. Clean the new potatoes and allow then cure for at least two weeks.
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How you serve your fresh homegrown potatoes depends on the variety planted. A popular serving is firm potatoes steamed with sliding butter and sprinkled parsley can be a pure heavenly delectable delight.
So, what are you waiting for? Go out and plant your own potatoes!