We always get these questions: When is the best time for potato planting? And, how do I do it? If you are reading this before May, then you’re in luck!
February 15 – April 15 is actually the best time for potato planting in the South Bay. Now, that’s not to say that potatoes can’t be grown at other points of the year, it’s just not ideal. We are fortunate enough to live in sunny California where the weather is usually hospitable to a number of our plants even in the off-season. If you are a big fan of potatoes, I would try growing your favorite varieties throughout the year just to see how it goes…and there are thousands of varieties you can try, so get your bed prepped and ready for spuds!
Potatoes are underground tubers, so be advised if you are interplanting them with other above ground crops, you will need to disturb the soil pretty heavily in order to get your potatoes out when ready to harvest. Here are a few other key instructions when planting potatoes for your home garden:
One more thing…MOST potatoes you find in your local organic food store can be chopped up and planted in your garden. Be aware that many conventional farmers do spray a growth-inhibitor on the potato to prevent them from sprouting eyes as quickly as they normally would.
Potatoes are one of those crops that have SO many varieties to choose from and are really so good eaten fresh. Try different varieties, plant and enjoy!