Bath Garden Center
The Basics of Growing Potatoes
Store potato seed in a cool, dark, well-aerated place before planting. You can cut up a larger seed before you plant it, but be careful! Each piece needs at least two strong eyes, and you may want to dust the pieces with powdered fungicide to reduce the risk of infection.
Potatoes like well-drained, compost-enriched soil. Don’t over-do the nitrogen or you’ll get many vines but few tubers. We suggest sheep and peat compost as a good balance for potatoes (available in-store).
Make the rows between 2 and 5 feet apart, trenches 6-8 inches deep and plant the seed pieces 10-14 inches apart in the trenches. Cover the seed with 3-4 inches of soil without completely filling the trench. As potato plants surface, cover the stem with more dirt, leaving the top of the plant poking out of the soil. Gently hill the vines (leaving about half of the vine exposed) to create more space for the potatoes to grow.
You can plant potatoes right now, but keep an eye on the weather. If temperatures drop to freezing, you can cover your plants with a frost cloth. Potatoes don’t take much water, but do require consistency. Watering is dependent upon weather. If you have further questions, come to the store and we can help you!
Harvest the main crop in mid to late October. Make sure to either harvest from dry soil or allow the potatoes to dry if they are wet when you harvest them. Discard any blemished, misshapen or damaged tubers; minor damages to the potato may heal if allowed to dry but keep them separated from uninjured potatoes.
Not sure which variety to grow? Browse through our potato varieties that we carry to discover how they are unique!
Organic German Butterball
Tender and flaky in texture; perfect for mashed potatoes. They are sweet, rich and buttery. Good all purpose potato.
Organic Purple Majesty
Wow your guests with these fancy, vibrant potatoes! Good in soups and salads. Sweet and buttery flavor. High in antioxidants.
Potatoes in the Russet family are very common as they are versatile. They are great for most uses including mashing, baking and frying.
Easy to Grow. Rich, nutty and buttery flavor. Fluffy consistency.
Organic Sangre Red
Roasting, boiling and baking. You can harvest these young and they will still be a good size and flavorful. They are great for delicious flavor and easy growing.
Delicious flavor and firm flesh, good for roasting, frying and caramelizing.
Boil, bake, fry, soups and chowders. Perfect all purpose potato.
Strong growing potato, harvest early season, easy to grow, ideal for home gardens, excellent for cooking.
Organic Cherry Red
Ideal for boiling or baking, ideal for home gardens, easy to grow, excellent for cooking.
Wow your dinner guests with a colorful array of multi-functional potatoes you grew yourself!