Every one loves potatoes. Why not grow your own this season?
For those who don't know, I have a roof top garden where I also grow crops in pots.Potatoes are my favorite crop that can be grown in bags, bins and large containers. This afternoon I decided to chit some potatoes.
Chitting potatoes simply means to encourage tubers to sprout before planting. The easiest way to grow potatoes is in bags, bins or large containers. Here is how you can start chitting your potatoes:
You can simply select any potato that you like the best. Its hard to find potato seeds ( which are basically baby potatoes) here in Karachi, so I use the potatoes I get from the grocery store. Make sure the potatoes you select are healthy and do not show any signs of a virus or infection.
Eyes of a Potato:
Yes! A potato has eyes. Notice there are black spots all over a potato. Those are its eyes from where the shots will begin to appear.
Before your potatoes go in a container or a grow bag, you want them to develop shots. For encouraging that, place your potatoes in an empty eggs tray or any empty cardboard box with maximum eyes upwards. Place this tray in a well lit place but not in direct sunlight.
As soon as you see sprouts emerging, leave only 2-3 on each potato and pinch off any extras.
Last year I selected a sack to grow potatoes. This year I am using a huge plastic tub. It gives me more space and I also like its color!
Lets chit some potatoes together and share our experiences.
To learn how my potatoes are doing in a tub and to know what to do next, stay tuned!
For any problems you face growing your potatoes write to me firstname.lastname@example.org