Potatoes are one of those anonymous crops that develop out of sight, underground. Potatoes are comparatively inexpensive to purchase, but growing on your own is the best way to ensure they will not have been exposed to excessive chemicals. Potatoes are easy to grow, but one main important thing to be taken care of is that they prefer cool weather so one should try to get them into the ground at the right time.
Planting potatoes generally starts with a seed potato. Seed potatoes can be prepared for planting by either planting whole or cutting up the seed to have one or two buds on each piece. One could even use supermarket potatoes, but they should have most likely been treated with chemicals to reduce sprouting, so they may not grow well. Store it in the refrigerator.
Your next step is to determine the planting time in accordance to your climate. Since it takes two to three weeks for the potatoes to emerge from the ground, the earliest you should plant seed potatoes in two weeks before your last predictable freeze date of 28 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.
The method comprise of digging straight, one-dimensional trenches, it could be 2 to 3 feet apart, in prepared soil. Plant the seed potatoes 12 inches apart and cover it with about 3 inches of soil. When the shoots reach 10 to 12 inches high, use a shovel to scoop soil from between rows and mound it against the plants, covering the stems halfway. Once the potatoes have been dug from the soil, allow them to dry in a cool and an air dry place before storing them.
The best thing is that no container is utilized. This method proves to be inexpensive too and very simple. Farming operations and large plantings of potatoes are normally planted in the same manner.