Wednesday, 22 September 2010

My First Love: Potatoes

Seed potato sprouts
It usually takes two to three weeks for the potatoes to sprout. Once you see the green shoots prepare your plot, container or a bag for planting potatoes. 

Potatoes ready to be covered with sand
I have selected a large blue tub. It has enough space for planting 5-7 potatoes. Here are three simple steps how you can plant your potatoes.

  1. Fill your container 2/4 with a good mixture of sand and manure. (60:40 works for me).
  2. Place potatoes at 6-7 inch  distance from each other.
  3. Cover with sand. Make sure the leafs are visible.

Simply water it softly and put it in shade. Now your work doesn't end here.

Each week you will have to add an inch of sand or as needed. The idea is to keep adding sand as the plant grows.

potatoes can be grown in bags and empty sacks
If you are using strong plastic bags or sacks, you will need to roll them down to 2/4 of the size. Make drainage holes and follow the same steps. As the plant will grow you will roll up the bag as much as needed and add more sand.

You will need to do this for next few weeks until the plant turns yellow and then dies. No need to worry , you dint do anything wrong. Its time for harvest!

Trust me, you will fall in love with the potato again when you will unearth this incredible vegetable that you have planted your self.   


  1. What a nice post - Potatoes were one of the first vegetables I tried to grow as a little kid and they are still one of my favorites.

  2. Enjoying your posts... Keep up the good work!!! :) and Good luck!

  3. Thanks for the post...
    Wish U have a nice harvest :-)
    I remember I planted potatoes in a plastic pot @ my garage when I was a kid. Harvested 3 or 4 little cute potatoes :-)
    I used a slightly different method and once again using the same.
    Will blog about mine in a week InshaAllah

  4. Thanks:)

    Everyone seem to be in love with potatoes:D

    @ Nabil, do share your post!

  5. Read Your post,,,:) let me know any thing about shakarqandi (sweet potato)...I love making its kheer and halwa.......

  6. @ Sadaf,

    Sweet potatoes are simply superb! I love to make its kheer but how to you make halwa :D

    Here a deal, I will teach you how to grow sweet potato and you teach me how to make halwa :)

    If you can find sweet potato vine from any plant nursery, plant that or take a cutting. Remove all the leaves of 1 foot long cutting but leave the new leaves. Or you can simply buy a sweet potato and plant it with its pointy part down.

    It spreads and covers a good amount of space so pick a good spot for it.

  7. but when do we do this process means time to sow the seed? I live in lahore.

  8. best post best blog keep it up


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