Basics of growing potatoes:
Store potato seed in a cool, dark, well-aerated place before planting. You can cut up a larger seed before you plant it but be careful! Each piece needs at least 2 strong eyes and you may want to dust the pieces with powdered fungicide to reduce the risk of infection. We currently have a couple of powder fungicide products to choose from:
Potatoes like well-drained, compost-enriched soil. Don’t overdo the nitrogen or you’ll get many vines but few tubers. We suggest Sheep and Peat compost as a good balance for potatoes.
Make the rows between 2 and 5 feet apart, trenches 6-8 inches deep and plant the seed pieces 10-14 inches apart in the trenches. Cover the seed with 3-4 inches of soil without completely filling the trench. As potato plants surface, cover the stem with more dirt, leaving the top of the plant poking out of the soil. Gently hill the vines (leaving about half of the vine exposed) to create more space for the potatoes to grow.
You can plant potatoes right now, but keep an eye on the weather. If temperatures drop to freezing, you can cover your plants with a frost cloth. Potatoes don’t take much water, but do require consistency. Watering is dependent upon weather. If you have further questions, come to the store and we can help you!
Harvest the main crop in mid to late October. Make sure to either harvest from dry soil or allow the potatoes to dry if they are wet when you harvest them. Discard any blemished, misshapen or damaged tubers; minor damages to the potato may heal if allowed to dry but keep them separated from uninjured potatoes.
Not sure which variety to grow? Browse through our potato varieties that we carry to discover how they are unique!
Organic Blue Belle
Organic Cal White
Large, long potatoes. Moisture level is a little lower, which makes them great for salads and frying.
Organic Cherry Red
Organic German Butterball
Organic Purple Majesty
Organic Rose Finn Apple
Organic Russet Norkotah
Organic Russian Banana
Organic Sangre Red
Delicious flavor and firm flesh, good for roasting, frying and caramelizing.
Organic Yellow Finn
Organic Yukon Gold
Wow your dinner guests with a colorful array of multi-functional potatoes you grew yourself!
Many high end restaurants who want their French Fries to stand apart from their competitors have turned to Kennebec potatoes for their perfect consistency (not too hard and not too mushy) and well-balanced flavor.
Russian Banana (See above for photo and description)
Yukon Gold (See above for photo and description)
Single Seed – We sell these varieties as single seeds as opposed to in a package so you can choose how many seeds you want and remember, you can always cut the seeds up to get more than one plant per seed.
Small to medium size, deep purple, blue or reddish skin, moist and firm flesh with a floury texture, earthy, nutty flavor and good for roasting grilling, baking and in salads.
Kennebec (See above for photo and description)
Especially good for mashing, thin red skin with crisp flesh.
Red Norland (See above for photo and description)
Norkotah (See above for photo and description)
Photo Credit: http://harmonyvalleyfarm.blogspot.com
Purple and pink skin, flesh is white, creamy, good for baking and mashing