Planting Times
Planting in the Garden
Harvesting Storage and Saving Seed Stock

Potatoes always do best in full sun. They are vigourous rooting plants, they will produce the best crop when planted in a light, loose, well-drained soil. Potatoes prefer a slight acidic soil with a PH of 5.0 to 7.0. Luckily potatoes are very adaptable and will almost always produce a decent crop, even when the soil conditions and growing seasons are less than ideal. of gardening experience.


Always keep your potato patch weed-free for best outcomes. Potatoes should be rotated in the garden, never being grown in the same spot until there has been a 3-4 year absence of potatoes. If you are new to cultivating potatoes, ask around; odds are there are many older gardeners in your area who have years of gardening experience.

Growing Tips

As potatoes like plenty sun, avoid planting them in frost-prone sites, as these conditions can damage the developing foliage. If you're starting up a potato plot on very weedy ground or old grassland, potatoes may help swamp out weeds with their fast-growing, extensive foliage.

If you lack space, try nurturing potatoes in an adequately drained container with at least 30cm (1ft) deep and wide. Half fill the pot with multi-purpose compost or quality, fertile garden soil, burrow two seed potatoes into the top of the compost and then top up with more compost or soil to within 2.5cm (1") of the edge of the container.

It's extremely important that there's sufficient water once the tubers have reached the size of marbles. Unless there's regular, ample rainfall, the size and quality of the crop will be decreased if you don't water your potatoes.