GROWING RAISED BED POTATOES
Raised bed potatoes give you a no-dig growing method that we believe
is the easiest way to grow potatoes.
Everyone loves a good potato. But growing potatoes in a home garden
can take a lot of space. Most home gardeners shy away from potato
growing. With a raised bed garden you can consistently yield a large
harvest of potatoes in a compact, easy-to-manage space.
Raised Beds Give the Highest Yield in
the Most Compact Space! Container gardening is by far the most efficient
square yard of garden you'll ever tend.
Potato plants need plenty of sunshine and well drained soil-
making the raised bed a perfect growing environment. Ideal soil
is a loose sandy loam with plenty of humus and potash content. Soil
needs to have a pH of 4.8-6.5, but don’t hesitate to plant them if the
pH is a little higher than that. Almost any good garden soil will raise
Start by loosening the soil underneath your Raised Bed Garden, then
fill the bed with garden soil. A couple days prior to planting, cut
three or four seed potatoes into pieces with at least two or three eyes
each, allowed them to callous over. (Most local seed stores have seed
potatoes available in early spring.) Then plant them 4-5" deep and 8"
apart in two parallel rows.
Caring for your potatoes is easy:
Once the sprouts
poke up from the soil and have developed a bunch of leaves about 6"
high, mulch around them with 2" of straw. Continue adding straw
throughout the summer as the plants grow. The straw mulch will help
retain moisture, keep the soil cool and keep weeds down.
Potatoes love water. So make sure that the beds receive an
inch and a half of water per week. Without rain, this means you
would water approximately 20 minutes a day, seven days a week.
Harvest: Two weeks prior to harvest, when your
plants begin to die back, stop watering completely. Now it's time to
reap your harvest! You will marvel at how many potatoes you find. It is
not unheard-of to harvest 300-400 pounds of potatoes in a 4 ft. by 8 ft.
Potatoes should be dug as soon as vines die down. Tubers may be
spread in a shady place until all clinging dirt has dried. Whisk the
dirt off with a soft brush in order to avoid damaging the tender skins
and store in a cool, dark, well-ventilated area.