Potatoes are a garden gem that too many gardeners avoid. They are simple to grow and so delicious right from the garden. But if you decide to do it, don’t believe the internet type about growing potatoes in towers as this method is more work and does not yield you more potatoes. You can grow them in straw or you can plant and forget them. Potatoes will even grow in 5 gallon buckets! If this garden gem isn’t on your must grow list add it to your list for next year.
When to plant? Keep in mind that potatoes are cool weather growers. It's best to plant in early spring. In fact, planting potatoes two to three weeks before your last frost date will produce the most satisfactory results. For Michiganders, that means the last week of April through the first week of May.
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