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How to Grow Potatoes

Watch more Vegetable Gardening videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to grow potatoes so you can enjoy homemade French fries and chips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Buy certified seed potatoes from a nursery. These are disease-resistant potatoes sold especially for planting. Step 2: Get seed potatoes Dig one or more trenches about a foot deep and 2 to 3 feet apart. Fill the bottoms with loose soil mixed with fertilizer. Tip Don't fertilize with fresh manure and lime, which can cause fungus infections in potatoes. Step 3: Cut and temporarily store seed potatoes Cut the seed potatoes into two to four pieces, leaving at least one eye on each piece. Store the pieces in a paper bag for a day or two, until calluses form over the cuts. Step 4: Plant Plant the pieces in the prepared soil, about an inch deep. Step 5: Water regularly Water thoroughly once a week, no more or less. Tip Overwatering can cause black or hollow centers. Irregular watering can yield odd-shaped, knobby potatoes. Step 6: "Hill up" the growing vines "Hill up" the growing vines by piling dirt on the plants when they reach 6 to 12 inches. Leave an inch sticking out at the top. Potatoes will grow in the piled-up dirt. Repeat once or twice during the season. Tip For a cleaner, easier-to-harvest crop, use straw instead of dirt for hilling up. Step 7: Harvest Check your potatoes one month after the plants flower. Dig gently into a hill. If the potatoes look large enough, harvest and enjoy. Step 8: Store Store extra potatoes in a cool, dry place. They will keep for several months. Did You Know? Did you know? Potatoes were first cultivated by the Incas in Peru more than 2,000 years ago.
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