How to Grow Potatoes in Your Garden

Monitoring what we eat is the best way to stay healthy. Cultivating our own vegetables and fruits in our garden is very beneficial. In our garden, we can grow a variety of vegetables based on their growing season and our needs.

Among its vegetables, it is easier to grow potatoes than many other vegetables because these plants germinate easily and require little maintenance. If you grow potatoes in your garden, you can get fresh potatoes directly from your home. All you need is just a little effort and some tips. Thanks to the potato, you can make a multitude of very delicious recipes.

How to grow potatoes?

If you want to reproduce the potatoes, it’s very simple, take a potato of your choice and cut it in half. You can use one of the halves or two halves together and have two potatoes growing at the same time (you will speed up the production a little).

To begin, first dip the toothpicks in half of the potato so they come out on the other side. The toothpicks suspend the potato above the bottom of the container, so that half of the potato can absorb a lot of water.

As a first step, after loading half of the potato with toothpicks, place it in the clay or plastic container. Try to slightly move the bottom of the potato from the receptacle. It is very important that the bottom of the potato does not touch the container.

The second step is to fill the container with water. Always make sure there is always enough water in the container. In general, potatoes consume a lot of water. So do not be surprised if you find daily in your container very little water.

The third step is to place your potato pot and water-filled container on the window sill so that the sun is sunny enough. Preferably, you choose a window well exposed to the sun in the morning.

Soon you will see that your potato starts to sprout from above and push roots to the bottom. Once the potato has sprouted enough, almost by all, in this case, it is ready to go to the ground. You take your potato and you will bury it all in order to put it in the air.

Little by little, you will see potatoes spread by all. Observe with astonishment what you have planted and this once represented a half-potato and literally becomes an unlimited amount of these delicious vegetables depending on the space available.

How to Store and Prepare Potatoes

Potatoes have for years been a staple food in many of the countries. In fact potatoes are one of the most popular vegetables. Apart from being great sources of carbs and fiber they also give you a lot of potassium. Potatoes can be prepared in different ways but mostly they are baked, roasted, fried or boiled. For potatoes to last long you must store them properly, otherwise, they will go bad fairly quickly. Below some important tips that will help you to store and prepare your potatoes correctly.

How to store potatoes

• Potatoes are best stored in hessian bags which can be easily found at hessian cloth suppliers. Unlike plastic bags, these bags are well ventilated. Before you put your potatoes in these bags make sure you select them and store those that are in good condition.
• After you have packed them then store or put them in a well-ventilated, dark and dry areas i.e. with temperatures between 7 and 10 degrees Celsius. This will ensure your potatoes will last for a longer period of time
• Alternatively, you can cover the floor of your well-ventilated basement floor with hessian cloths and put your potatoes on top. Basements provide dry and cool conditions that are favorable for storing.
• Avoid storing your potatoes under very cold temperatures, for example, refrigerating them. This may end up changing the taste of the potatoes or even their color after being cooked.
• It important also to store your potatoes away from other foodstuffs that might have a lot of water.

How to prepare potatoes

• After harvesting your potatoes clean them. First, soak your potatoes for a short while to make the dirt on them loses. This will make scrubbing easy. Then scrub them with a sponge using running water while removing the eyes and the damaged parts.
• Before starting to peel make sure you have removed all the sprouts.
• Peeling. This will involve you removing the outer covering of your potatoes. In case you come into contact with and potato which appears color appears green make sure you peel until the green coloring is completely removed.
• You are advised to cook your potatoes right away after peeling otherwise soak them in water with a small pinch of salt.
• Depending on what you want to prepare with your potatoes you can cut them into small or dry them. For example, if you want to prepare French fries cut your potatoes into pieces and soak them in chill salty water to eliminate the starch.

Although potatoes are very popular and stable food all over the globe, it’s of key importance you store them and prepare them properly. Otherwise, you might end up hating them for the rest of your life.