Garden Guide for Zone 8b
Potatoes are tuberous crop from the perennial nightshade Solanum tuberosum. They are rich in starch and can be prepared in many ways.
- Soil: Well-drained, loamy soil
- Water: Regular watering, do not overwater
- Light: Full sun
- Sowing Method: Plant seed potatoes
- Growing Days: 70
Planting Instructions: Plant seed potatoes 12 inches apart and cover with about 3 inches of soil. When the shoots reach 10 to 12 inches tall, use a hoe or shovel to scoop soil from between rows and mound it against the plants, burying the stems halfway.
Harvest Instructions: Potatoes are ready to harvest when the foliage begins to die back. Dig up a test hill to see if they are the desired size. For new potatoes, harvest 2 weeks after the plants have finished flowering. For mature potatoes, wait 2 weeks after the foliage has died back.