How to Grow Potatoes in Your Home?
Potatoes, the highly common vegetable in many countries, are often kept away for its fat content. However, the vegetable has plenty of benefits for the human body. Packed with potassium, Vitamin C, starch, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, folate, magnesium, phosphorous and vitamins B1, B3, and B6, potatoes provide the body with high energy, aid in digestion, improve muscle tone and enhance cardiac health. Growing this vegetable at home will ensure you get pure potatoes for your consumption at any time.
Chit the potatoes
Chit or prepare your potatoes for planting. Use potatoes from your kitchen, even when you find they have sprouted already. Cut them into two pieces at least, and ensure that each piece has a minimum of 2 eyes. The eye of a potato is a spot or indentation where you can see a growing sprout develop. Leave out the pieces to dry for at least a day on a paper towel.
Prepare the soil mixture
The soil mix needs to be airy and light, and should allow easy development and growth of potato shoots and roots. Mix the potting soil with chopped dead leaves or vermiculite or peat moss, or a blend of all three. Fill up a garbage bag with 4 inches of this combination. Roll down the bag edges to around 2 inches of the top surface of the soil layer. Make holes in the bag under the level of soil in order to let drainage happen.
Plant the potatoes
You should plant 5 potato chits in each garbage bag, 1 in the middle and 4 in a circular fashion close to the outer edge of the bag. Plant the chits deep enough, so that the soil barely covers them. Water the seeds well.
Maintain the potatoes
After some days, you will find the potato chits growing roots and then sending up sprouts. Once the sprouts get as high as 4 inches, add the soil mix to your garbage bag until you find the shoot to be covered again almost full. Roll the garbage bag edges out, in order to keep consistently with the soil that you are adding. Water the seeds thoroughly. Go on adding soil mix as you find the shoot growing upwards. Regularly water the bags in order to prevent the drying out of the soils. Once the shoots manage to reach the top of the bag, stop adding more soil. Allow the potatoes to bloom and get mature enough to be harvested.