Growing Potatoes at Home

blurry photo of spuds growing in my garden

A bit blurry, but you get the picture... blooming spuds

My spring garden is thriving, even the potatoes I planted, which were actually sprouted ones I “re-purposed”. I’d already read a bit about growing spuds and the need to continue mounding the soil around the stems as they grew up, but I still had questions. A quick google search, and I found: How to plant and grow Potatoes. Great instructions, and even a neat idea on how to grow spuds vertically using discarded tires. I did break the first rule in the article by using potatoes from my kitchen instead of seed potatoes, but considering they were all sprouted, I figured I had nothing to lose (and a quick check at my red potatoes yesterday revealed that I do, in fact, have a crop of baby reds). I planted both red potatoes and white potatoes, probably a russet, but I’m not sure.

My quest for more information was to make sure it was okay for my spuds to be in bloom. With other plants, such as my rhubarb, it’s a bad thing. Fortunately, blooming potatoes is a good thing!


  1. Milissa on May 19, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    This is my first year growing potatoes too!

  2. Valerie on May 19, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I’d love to hear how your potatoes are doing. I’ve only accidentally grown them in the past.