How to Grow Organic Potatoes: No. 1 Potato Expert Shares His Best Tips

In this exclusive interview, professional potato producer Jim Gerritsen gives the full scoop on how to grow organic potatoes, how to store your spuds, and much more.

Basket Of Multicolored Potatoes
You’ll be amazed how much better fresh, homegrown potatoes taste.
Photo by Fotolia/Joachim Opelka
Straw Bale Growing Potatoes
Mulch with a material such as straw to conserve moisture and keep light off developing potatoes.
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Digging Potatoes
Use a shovel or digging fork to harvest, taking care not to spear your spuds.
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Chitting Greensprout Potatoes
Greensprout, or “chit,” your potatoes by exposing them to light in a cool spot for a few weeks.
Photo by Photoshot/Gary K Smith
Freshly Harvested Potatoes
After you harvest your potatoes, store them in a cool, moist place (such as a root cellar or basement) for up to six to eight months.
Photo by Photoshot/Cultura
Striped Colorado Potato Beetle
Control Colorado potato beetles by destroying their eggs.
Photo by Fotolia/Marianne Mayer
Plant Sprouted Seed Potatoes
Plant sprouting seed potatoes when your soil warms to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Photo by Photoshot/Gary K Smith/Bruce Col
Jim Gerritsen GMO Rally
Potato expert and GMO-labeling advocate Jim Gerritsen speaks out against GMOs at a rally in New York.
Photo by Organic Seed Growers and Trade A

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