A Bit Of History
Growing potatoes was first recorded in the region around Lake Titica at the boarder of Bolivia and Peru. Potatoes was a major food source for civilisations such as the Incas. It was even included as a part of the culture of those civilisations as we can see from the pottery and tapestry they left behind.
When the european explorers came to America, one of the best finding they went back with was the potato. Growing potatoes these days is so popular because they can grow in different conditions,very forgiving and very easy to grow.
Growing Potatoes Vertically
You can grow potatoes vertically by building a frame box three or four feet in height. Then plant the potatoes in the soil under the frame. As the plant grows, add soil on the top around the growing stems. Eventually you will end up with a potato hill that you can start harvesting from the bottom.
The ONE Thing That Will Boost Your Spuds Productivity
Potatoes are not very demanding plant to grow. If you give it the bare minimum nutritional requirement it will do fine.However, plants are just like us, the like to be pampered from time to time. The best gift you can give to your potato spud is spraying the leaves with diluted kelp extract. It will even improve the taste.
The Very Basics
Growing potatoes from seeds requires that you take these steps. First the seeds should be planted at a distance of one foot apart. Plant the seeds in a 2.5 to 3 inches deep holes. Sprouts facing up, cover the seeds with a small amount of soil. Finally, keep them warm until they are established with polythene film for protection.
Potatoes is one of the most popular and easy plants to grow.There are many kinds you can choose from. They have many different characteristics and it is best to choose several types to find out which is best suited for you soil and personal taste. Growing potatoes organically will yield even tastier harvest.
A rich soil is best to grow healthy potatoes, with pH around 6.5 or less. Do not use lime before planting, as this can cause scab. Potatoes are grown from seed tubers called 'seed potatoes'.
Planting should be in soil with temperature of more than 6 degrees centigrade. This would be around March/April or later in some areas.