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Growing Your Own Potatoes at Home

Growing your own potatoes at home is easy, especially when you follow these planting instructions.

  • Mix a solution of 3/4 cup of water with 1/4 cup liquid bleach in a container suitable for immersing the seed cutting knife. Always sterilize the knife whenever making cuts into a fresh seed piece.
  • Cut each seed potato into pieces. Each seed piece should have at least 2 eyes and weigh approximately 2 ounces.
  • Spread the seed pieces out in a cool dry location until all potato surfaces are dry.
  • Plant each seed piece 3 inches deep, leaving 12 inches between seed pieces. Rows should be 36 inches apart.
  • When plants reach 8 inches, hill up dirt to cover all but 2 inches of the plant/s.
  • After foliage has yellowed, withered and died down, the potatoes may be dug and harvested.