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Potatoes, Grow Them, Cook Them, Enjoy

Updated on January 3, 2015

You Can Grow All The Potatoes You Want In A Small Space.

You can grow over 100 pounds of potatoes in a simple box you build. Just click the photo for the large photo and follow the example.
You can grow over 100 pounds of potatoes in a simple box you build. Just click the photo for the large photo and follow the example. | Source

Potatoes, Grow Them, Cook Them, Enjoy

The Inca's first grew potatoes in a garden around 200 BC and today as you are reading this there are now over 1000 types of potatoes. Potatoes grow best from seed potatoes and potatoes love full sun so you will need to plant your potatoes so they will be in full sun most of the day. The soil they are planted in needs to be light, loose, and well drained. You don't want the soil where you plant your potatoes to be wet or soggy. Seed potatoes need to be well sprouted before you plant them. If you plant them outdoors before the danger of frost has passed cover the plants with straw to protect the tender vegetation from frost.

As long as you mulch your potatoes real heavy you can grow potatoes almost year round in the American south.

Use Those Old Tires To Grow Potatoes

You can recycle old tires and use them to grow potatoes. Some people grow them in old bushel baskets or big burlap bags. There are all kinds of ways you can grow potatoes and those grown at home will always taste better than those bought in the store.

You can let your potatoes grow to their full maturity or you can dig them when they are very young which is known as new potatoes. You can recycle old tires and grow potatoes at the same time. Plant your potatoes in a tire and have several more tires set aside. When the potatoes in the first tire get to growing good place another tire on top and fill it with soil. As the potatoes start to grow well in another tire add another tire on top and fill with dirt. When late summer comes and the potato tops start to die off just remove a tire at a time and harvest your potatoes.

I've had great success with growing potatoes in tires. And so can you. It's a great way to reuse tires. I quite often have them stacked up 5 tires high and harvest huge amounts of potatoes from my tires. You can easily grow sweet potatoes in tires.

You will want to water your potatoes well over the summer but you don't want to over water. Be sure to water your potatoes early in the day so the plants have time to dry out before the evenings. Once you harvest your potatoes put them in a cool dry place and start to cook and enjoy them as soon as you desire.

Harvesting New Potatoes Or Baby Potatoes

You can carefully dig and harvest some of your potatoes when they are very young about the size of golf balls. You will want to carefully dig these potatoes out and replace the soil so the other potatoes can keep growing. Wash your new potatoes very well and then cook them by themselves or cook them in a pot of green beans. I usually leave the skins on new potatoes because the skins add to the flavor of the potatoes.

You Can Easily Grow Potatoes In A Box You Build

If you build a box like in the above photo you can easily grow over 100 pounds of potatoes in very little space and you'll soon have over 100 pounds of potatoes to enjoy. You can keep your box year after year and enjoy a great potato harvest year after year. Potatoes will grow very well in your potato high rise and if you want to harvest a few potatoes early just remove a board from near the bottom and enjoy your potatoes.

Growing Potatoes In The Garden

Potatoes are one of the most grown vegetables in the home garden especially in the American south. Potatoes are also easy to grow. In order for your potatoes to grow properly the soil needs to be loose and the soil needs to be between ph 5.5 and 6.0. You would be well advised to purchase a soil testing kit to use in your garden.

How To Plant Your Potatoes In The Garden

Once you test your soil you can adjust it by adding nutrients and fertilizers to the soil. In my garden I dig out the rows where I'm going to plant my potatoes to a depth of 12 inches and I mix the dirt I take out with either very well rotted compost or well rotted manure. I mix it at a ratio of 60/40 but keep in mind the manure or compost needs to be broken down very well and rotted or you will burn up your potatoes or other plants you plant there. For each twenty foot row of potatoes I spread one pound of 5-10-5 fertilizer in the bottom of the ditch before I put the soil back in. You'll find that the soil will be mounded up when you fill the ditch back up. This is what you want.

You can buy seed potatoes at the local garden store or you can plant potatoes that have sprouted in your potato box. Just cut the potatoes up so each piece has a sprout on it and you should have a good crop of potatoes come up. I almost always use seed potatoes. They just come up better.

If you can't find seed potatoes in your local area check for seed supply stores on the internet. You'll be able to order seed potatoes and have them delivered to your home.

How Deep To Plant Your Potatoes

You should plant your potatoes four inches deep with eight to twelve inches between the potatoes. If your planting multiple rows of potatoes you should have three foot between rows.

Sweet Potatoes

Usually you'll find you can buy sweet potato slips ( plants ) in a little bundle and you plant these to have sweet potatoes. You can plant sweet potatoes the same way you would other potatoes except here you'll be planting slips which are plants. The roots go in the ground and the leaves stay above ground.

If you prepare the soil as you would for other potatoes you'll end up with a great crop of sweet potatoes. Remember before you plant your sweet potatoes that the soil needs to be mounded up and it needs to be very loose. If this is the second year of planting potatoes you'll need to till in a pound of 5-10-5 fertilizer for each twenty foot of row and you'll want to add another pound of fertilizer per twenty foot of row when the potato plants are blooming. You should do this for your regular potatoes or sweet potatoes. I have a lot of luck growing sweet potatoes in boxes like the one in the photo above.

Keep in mind that sweet potatoes should never be planted until all danger of frost has passed as they are a warm weather crop. All of your potatoes should be planted in full sun.

Potatoes don't need water as much as other vegetable crops do but you don't want your potatoes soil to dry out completely. For the best growth and potato development they need at least one inch of water a week. If you need to you can provide this with sprinklers. Don't water your potatoes when the sun is out. I water mine in the evening after the sun has set. Keep a eye on the soil and don't let it dry out completely but you also don't want standing water or too wet of conditions. You want soil that feels moit to the touch.

A Potato Grow Box Is One Of The Best Ways To Grow A Huge Crop Of Potatoes

You Can Grow A Huge Crop Of Potatoes In A Potato Grow Box.
You Can Grow A Huge Crop Of Potatoes In A Potato Grow Box. | Source

DIY- Build a Potato Box & Grow Hundreds of Potatoes in Only 4 SQFT.

Potato Vegetable Melody In This Photo

Potatoes are quite nutritious and healthy for you. Just watch the butter and sour cream.
Potatoes are quite nutritious and healthy for you. Just watch the butter and sour cream.

Potato Vegetable Medley

I really love this dish and its also nutritious and healthy for you. If they are available use the small red potatoes for this dish and start by washing them very well and cut each small potato into four quarters. You can use other small potatoes for this dish but I like the small red potatoes in this dish. You will want to have a two quart greased baking dish to cook the potato vegetable medley in.

For Your Recipe You Will Need.

1. Six Small red Potatoes Cut Into Quarters. , Be sure to wash your potatoes very well.

2. One Small Package Peeled Baby Carrots.

3. One Medium Sweet Onion Diced Very Fine.

4. One Half Cup Chicken Broth.

5. Two Zucchini Squash Diced Into Small Pieces.

6. One Teaspoon Ground Sea Salt.

7. One Teaspoon Black Pepper.

8. One Tablespoon Fresh Chopped Parsley.

9. One Tablespoon Sour Cream.

Stir all your ingredients together well in a mixing bowl and pour out into a well greased baking dish. Cook for about 30 minutes in a preheated 400 degree oven and you will have a delicious potato dish everyone is going to love.

How to Grow Potatoes Anywhere

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Delicious Homemade Potato Soup

Here we have one of the most delicious homemade potato soups that you'll ever get to make and enjoy. It is oh so delicious.
Here we have one of the most delicious homemade potato soups that you'll ever get to make and enjoy. It is oh so delicious.

Delicious Potato Soup Recipe

Potato Soup is one of my all time favorites and this potato soup is oh so delicious. I love to make it from my own home grown potatoes but you can use store bought potatoes to make this delicious potato soup also. In order to make this delicious potato soup you will need.

1. Two Pounds Of Potatoes Peeled And Cut Into Small Cubes.

2. One Large Sweet Onion Diced Fine.

3. One Tablespoon Fresh Grated Garlic.

4. One Third Cup Fresh Diced Celery.

5. Two Tablespoons Dried Parsley.

6. One Tablespoon Dried Tarragon.

7. One Teaspoon Course Ground Black Pepper.

8. One Heaping Teaspoon Sea Salt.

9. Two Cups Chicken Stock.

10. One Cup Half And Half Cream.

11. One Half Cup Whole Milk.

12. One Half Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese.

Place all your ingredients into a large pot and bring almost to a boil but not quite. Reduce the heat to simmer and continue to cook for one hour. Then you will want to allow your soup to cool almost to room temperature and then process all your soup through your food processor. Puree smooth in the food processor and place back in a large stock pot and bring almost to a boil but not quite. Your delicious potato soup is now ready to serve and enjoy.

I promise you that this soup is some of the best potato soup that you'll ever eat in your life.

I really know a lot about growing potatoes so if you have any questions just ask and I will be glad to help you. If you need a potato recipe you don't have let me know and I will try to find it for you. Just post your comments now and thanks for reading my hub page.

Do you have comments or questions about growing potatoes or potato recipes. Just post them now. And thanks for reading my hub page.

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    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      3 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Your very welcome. Let me know how your crops turn out.

    • Melissa Orourke profile image

      Melissa Orourke 

      3 years ago from Roatán, Islas De La Bahia, Honduras

      We live in Honduras now, and I have started a large veg. garden.

      I am definitely going to try growing potatoes. We do have 4 batches of sweet potatoes growing.

      Thank you for sharing, you gave me some great ideas.

    • CherylsArt profile image

      Cheryl Paton 

      3 years ago from West Virginia

      The video was real helpful. It's nice to know about layering the soil on top as the potatoes grow.

    • colorfulone profile image

      Susie Lehto 

      3 years ago from Minnesota

      There is nothing like a freshly harvested potato.

      I would love to try one of those boxes for growing tatters.

    • theglen profile image

      Aaron Henderson 

      3 years ago from Oak Glen, CA

      When do you pick them? I never know :/

    • Susan Trump profile image

      Susan Trump 

      3 years ago from San Diego, California

      I like the article very much and would love to grow some soon. Do you wonder if tires leach any toxins into the food? Some writings say don't worry and others say definitely do worry.

    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      4 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Diane in your area you would be best to plant potatoes in the early spring about 6 weeks before the last frost in well prepared ground.

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      diane serna 

      4 years ago

      live in indiana, what time is best to plant potatoes? I will be using potatoes with eyes

    • JohnM profile image


      4 years ago from Miami Florida

      I loved the ideal with the tires and the potato grow box. Both great ideals CHG. Again really great work.

    • GiftedGrandma profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      We don't have enough sun but love the idea with the tires.

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      Isaiah Michael 

      7 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      looking forward to your soup recipe, I love growing potatoes in my garden, I was shocked one year as I got 25 lbs seed potatoes and it yielded 400 lbs of crop! Great article.

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      7 years ago

      I love the growing idea, but I have no way to build the box. Still, I think I'll bookmark this just in case I am able to have one built. I also like the soup recipe. I know someone who loves potato soup. Maybe I could make him some.

    • Russell-D profile image


      7 years ago from Southern Ca.

      There's never been a better tasting potato than ones I had at about age 8. We kids each "stole" a potato from our house and built a small fire on a lot in Brooklyn. Then, put our "spuds" in and "cooked" them till the skin was black. Rolling them out of the flames with a stick, we stuck in a knife to break the skin so the potato cooled, picking them up as quick as we could, tossing them from one to the other. Oh, did that potato taste good. And did we laugh. Then we discovered sweet potatoes David Russell

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      Peter Owen 

      7 years ago from West Hempstead, NY

      good info. unfortunately we ruin them by turning them into french fries and miss all the great taste

    • Eiddwen profile image


      7 years ago from Wales

      Hi crazyhorseghost,

      Thank you so much for sharing this one.

      Sounds delicious and I hope to try it out very soon.

      So it's useful/up and bookmarked for this one.

      Take care


    • Candelish profile image


      7 years ago from Florida

      Fantastic Hub! I've tried growing potatoes previously but my son and I ended up sending them to the compost. We are starting our second garden now, the first one didn't turn out so well. Thank you, we're going to build a potato planter this week.

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile image

      Cindy Lawson 

      7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Excellent Hub. I grow loads of potatoes every year, often in dustbins, but in the same way you describe. I also grow them in the ground on my allotment. This year I am using potato planter bags for ease, (at the end of the season they are easier to store for next year). I am hoping to get enough to enter a few decent sets in our local Horticultural and Agricultural Show in August too, (best to grow them in compost for exhibition potatoes).

    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Potatoes especially those you grow yourself are delicious. Thanks for the comments.

    • shleglebagel profile image


      7 years ago

      This looks awesome. We are going to try to plant potatoes this summer and this should be helpful.

    • katrinasui profile image


      7 years ago

      I love potatoes. We use potatoes regularly in our food.


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