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Growing Potatoes from Planting to Harvest

| 3/15/2019 2:48:00 PM

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Choose potato varieties according to their harvesting times – early, second early (or mid-season), and maincrop (or late).

Early and second early varieties are ready from early to midsummer. Early potatoes tend to be smaller than maincrop types, but they are well-flavored and are often waxy-textured – perfect for potato salads.

Maincrop varieties are higher yielding, and many can be stored for winter use. Harvest maincrops in late summer or early fall.

Prep Your Potatoes 

Seed or sprouting tubers are required for planting. Large seed potatoes can be cut into smaller sections, each with at least two ‘eyes’, to increase your stock. Allow the cut to air dry for a day before planting.

In areas with later Springs it’s worth ‘chitting’, or sprouting, your seed potatoes up to six weeks prior to planting, to give your crop a head start. Place them in a single layer in an egg carton or tray so the ends with most eyes point up. Keep them in a cool, bright place while they sprout stout shoots.

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