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Welcome to Homegrown/Homemade, a video series from FineGardening.com and our sister site FineCooking.com. We’ll be following a gardener (Danielle Sherry) and a cook (Sarah Breckenridge) as they plant, maintain, harvest, store, and prepare garden vegetables. Watch them plant potatoes.
Episode 1: How to Plant Potatoes
From a cook’s point of view, potatoes are not all the same. There are waxy and starchy types, and Sarah is planting three waxy fingerling types and Yukon Gold potatoes, using purchased “seed” potatoes. Before planting, Sarah and Danielle cut the potatoes into chunks, with at least two “eyes” (buds) per piece. Then they dig a planting trench 6 inches deep, fill the trench with 3 inches of compost, and place the seed potatoes in the trench cut side down, 6 to 8 inches apart. Finally, they shovel 3 more inches of compost on top.
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