How to Grow Potatoes

Learning how to grow potatoes has to be the easiest and best crop for beginners if you know exactly what to do, regardless of whether you are an expert gardener or not, or whether you have a thriving vegetable patch. It's even fine if you are just starting out on your first venture of growing vegetables.

How to Grow Potatoes

When learning how to grow potatoes you first need to know how to prepare your ground or soil so you can give your potatoes the best chance of survival. This is relatively easy as potatoes can grow in just about any soil and with a little bit of fertilization you are ready to start planting. It is worth remembering that soil without the presence of lime is much better as lime tends to cause scabs on potatoes.

The next stage in how to grow potatoes correctly is the spacing you leave between each plant. As a general rule, ten inches apart is ideal but obviously if you only have a small plot in which to plant the potatoes then they will still grow being closer together. In fact, the beauty of potatoes is that they will grow just about anywhere (e.g. in bags or in stacks of straw). Furthermore, they can even be fun for children to grow, because they will enjoy seeing their plants thriving and of course being able to eat the potatoes that they have grown once they are complete.


As a guide on how to grow potatoes, it is worth remembering not to over water potatoes as this can cause black spots on them, so generally once a week on warm weather would be sufficient. Obviously, this changes from country to country depending on how extreme the warm weather is.

How To Grow Potatoes: Choice of Potatoes

Now that you have learned a little about how to grow potatoes, you need to make a decision regarding what type of potato it is that you want to grow. Here are Few Types of Potatoes that you can Choose From:
  • Yellow potatoes
  • Red potatoes
  • White potatoes
  • Russet potatoes
  • Baby potatoes
  • Maris Piper potatoes
These are just a few of the potatoes that are available and it is worth doing a little bit of research about the type that will be the one that suits your family best. For instance, some potatoes are very good for frying as chips, while others make lovely, creamy mashed potatoes like the Maris Piper potatoes. You may even want to plant a few different varieties for yourself so you have some choice.

Whatever potatoes you choose to plant, as long as you know how to grow potatoes then you really cannot go wrong and should end up with a lovely crop of potatoes that you should be very proud to eat.