More in Outdoors
In late winter, place your seed potatoes in egg cartons or trays with the maximum number of buds (eyes) pointing upward. Stand the boxes in a cool, light place indoors for about six weeks to produce sturdy, dark sprouts (chitting).
When shoots reach about 1 in (2.5 cm) long, in early spring, mark a row in prepared soil. At 12-in (30-cm) intervals, dig holes about 4 in (10 cm) deep and plant a single tuber in each, with its shoots pointing upward (Image 1).
Tip for success: Potatoes do well in large pots (Image 2). Plant chitted tubers in a pot half-full of potting mix. When shoots emerge, add more mix to fill.
Fill each hole with soil, rake over the row, and mark its position. A general-purpose fertilizer can also be applied at the specified rate on either side of the row at this stage, or it may be worked into the soil before planting.
Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening
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