Learning how to grow potatoes at home can provide you with a fun and entertaining way to spend your spare time. There is something exciting about the smell of a plant in your garden. And it is not only the smell of the plants but the knowledge that you’ve worked hard for something beautiful and healthy. Growing a garden of your own is rewarding.
Some people would rather leave their crops to grow on their own than risk destroying them by trying to grow them in a garden. However, most gardeners have at least some knowledge about the crops they wish to plant. And if you are interested in planting potatoes, you should learn some basics about planting potatoes and a few helpful tips on home care.
The very first thing you need to know when learning how to potato plant at home is that varieties of potatoes grow best in your climate. The varieties of potatoes that grow best in your climate are known as the ‘heat-loving’ tubers. These tubers will do well in hot, dry climates. They like a lot of sun and will quickly grow in areas where they get the light they need. These tubers are so popular that many commercial growers have been created just for the sole purpose of selling these tubers to home gardeners.
One of the easiest ways to tell whether or not your plants are thriving is by watching for healthy green growth on the leaves. Healthy growing potatoes need two eyes. Two eyes allow for photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process in which the plants convert starches into energy and oxygen, which is what we humans need to survive.
When harvesting potatoes from your garden, make sure that the tubers are in the ground deep enough for easy harvesting. Many types of tubers do not like to be harvested from the ground. If this happens to them, it is recommended that you dig up the entire plant using a shovel and then either pick the potatoes off of the root system or dig them up with your hands. Harvesting the tubers before they dry out completely is important because if they dry out too much, they will not taste very good. You can always pick them right off the stalk but after the moisture content has died down, they will be rather crisp and crunchy.
When growing potatoes, it is important that you make your soil as fertilizer-free as possible. The best way to start is to purchase a compost tumbler. The compost will add valuable nutrients to your soil and will also break down organic material such as fallen leaves and branches. By making your soil as fertilizer-free as possible, you will be able to ensure that your potatoes grow strong and healthy.