Potatoes take about 10 weeks to grow, and thrive especially in cooler environments. It is most advisable to plant them two weeks after the last predicted frost date. Even though a surprise frost may occur after, potato plants are hearty enough to survive light, late-winter frosts. Although they are not considered a vegetable nutritionally, potatoes do provide a considerable amount of vitamins B6 and C. Along with these nutritional benefits, they are quite versatile in terms of preparation and presentation options.
Plant Potatoes with these Great Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers
Potato Antagonists (do NOT plant Potatoes with these)
Are you going to plant potato in your garden? According to our research, we don’t recommend planting asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi), carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, melons, peppers, squash, tomatoes, raspberries, strawberries, and sunflower near potato in the garden.
Tips for Planting and Growing Potatoes in your Garden
Climate is an important consideration when choosing potatoes for your garden. They thrive especially when soil temperature is between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and will stop growing entirely when the soil reaches around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Most home gardeners grow them by planting potatoes which have sprouted two or three seedlings, more commonly known as “eyes”, about 4 inches below the soil. It is advised to water your potatoes with at least one to two inches of water per week. One must also “hill” the plants, or add soil during the growth process to cover exposed roots. Too much sunlight on exposed roots will have a negative effect on flavor.
At the end of 10 weeks, take a look at your potato plant. If the leaves on the top are starting to brown, it is time to harvest them! Using a spading fork, gently lift your plant from one of its sides, and carefully remove the potatoes. Careless harvesting may cause the potatoes to rot in storage, so do be extremely careful when removing them from the ground. Any damage to the skin will cause premature spoilage.