Growing Potatoes in your backyard garden
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Growing Potatoes in your backyard garden

A complete guide to gardening potatoes in your own vegetable garden
4.5 (19 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
107 students enrolled
Created by Rick Stone
Last updated 4/2020
English [Auto]
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What you'll learn
  • When you are finished with this course you will know everything you need to get a great crop of potatoes planted this year.
  • You just need a simple understanding of how things grow, some room in your garden and some seed potatoes to get started!

Make the Humble Potato a BIG part of your garden.

Potatoes are an often over looked addition to any backyard garden.  Packed with nutrients, they are versatile in the kitchen and long storing,.  And the great thing about growing your own potatoes is you can take advantage of over 100 tasty varieties.  You will not longer be limited by the 5 or so different varieties grown commercially.  Home grown potatoes come in every shape, color and size.

There are few things in life that are tastier than fresh dug potatoes, mashed, fried or baked for you evening dinner.  And in the dead of winter potatoes are one of the few garden crops that you can still eat fresh!

This Growing Potatoes gardening course will take you step by step through the growing process and give you the knowledge you need to grow hundreds  of pounds of potatoes from your garden this summer!

Today you will learn how to grow a delicious crop of home grown potatoes in your own backyard garden.

What you will learn with Growing Potatoes:

Module 1 Introduction

  • Learn why growing your own potatoes is so important.

Module 2 - Planting Your Potatoes

  • Choosing seed potatoes
  • Growing your own seed potatoes
  • What is "Chitting"?
  • Cutting potato seeds for more plants
  • When should you plant
  • Planting using the trench & Hill System

Module 3 - Caring for your growing potatoes

  • Why you should "hill" your potatoes and how to do it
  • Watering your crop
  • Do your potatoes need fertilizer?
  • Common pests and diseases
  • Why are my potatoes funny shaped?
  • How to avoid green potatoes

Module 4 - Harvesting and Storage

  • When are your potatoes ready to harvest?
  • Digging potatoes
  • Curing your potatoes before storage
  • How to get your potatoes to last long in storage

Module 5 - Alternative growing methods

  • Growing potatoes in containers
  • Growing potatoes without hilling
  • Growing potatoes in compost and straw
  • How to get a super early crop of potatoes?

This course is designed to teach you the basics of growing potatoes in your backyard garden.

You will learn everything you need to know to grow a fantastic crop of  tasty potatoes your first year!

You will learn the simple steps for growing your own Potatoes:

  • Choosing seed potatoes and planting your crop
  • How to care for your growing potatoes, including common pests and problems
  • Harvesting and storage of your crop
  • Alternative growing methods

Whether you are starting your first garden or you have a thumb as green as an emerald you need this course to get you the information you need to grow a great crop of potatoes!

Who this course is for:
  • This course is designed to help both new and experienced gardeners grow a better crop of home grown garden potatoes this year.
Course content
Expand all 25 lectures 01:46:06
+ Introduction to Growing Potatoes
3 lectures 11:32

Welcome to Growing Potatoes.  This course is designed to help both the new gardener and the more experience gardener to grow a huge crop of potatoes in their backyard garden.

Preview 06:16

I have been growing potatoes in my backyard garden for over 15 years.  And most years I grow 150 to 200 pounds of potatoes.

Preview 02:22

In this course we will cover 1.  Planting Potatoes 2. Caring for your Potatoes 3. Harvesting and Storage 4. Some alternative methods for growing Potatoes.

Preview 02:54
+ Planting Potatoes in your Garden
6 lectures 26:38

A seed potato is just a potato specifically grown to produce potatoes.  Be sure to look for certified disease fee seed.

Choosing the right seed potato

You can grow your own seed potatoes if you would like.  But I encourage you to start each year with new certified disease fee seed.

Growing your own Seed Potatoes

You can plant unprotected potatoes anywhere from about 2 weeks before to 2 weeks after your last frost.

Timing - When should you be planting your potatoes?

Chitting is the process of letting your seed potatoes sprout before planting them.

What is "Chitting" and why doing it will help your potatoes grow faster.

You can cut larger seed potatoes into 2 or even 3 pieces to produce more plants.

Cutting your Seed Potatoes - Should you do it?

This lecture will cover my favorite method fro growing potatoes.  The Trench and Hill method.

Planting using the Trench and Hill Method.
+ Potato Care
6 lectures 28:23

If you started with a trench slowly fill it in as the tops appear, cover them back up.

Then as the tops really start to take off you should hill at least 3 times:

1.  Once when the tops are around 4-6 inches tall.

2.  Again when the tops are around 8 inches tall.

3.  One last time when the tops are taller just as the plants are starting to flower

Why you should "Hill" your potatoes and how to do it.

You should be watering every 5 to 7 days in the hot season.

Watering - How often and how much

If you have good soil, you shouldn't need to fertilize.

Fertilizer - How much do your potatoes really need?

Here's a list of the pests and other problems you might see on your potatoes.

Common potato pests and diseases and how to deal with them.

Stress does a lot of funny things to potatoes.  Keep them looking good by providing a stress free growing environment. 

Why are your potatoes so funny shaped! The answer? They are stressed out!!

Light is the enemy of growing potatoes.  Keep them covered to keep them from going green.

Green Potatoes - Why does it happen and how can you stop it.
+ Harvesting, Curing and Storing your potato harvest
4 lectures 17:24

Once the plants set flowers you can harvest any time depending on what size of potato you are looking for.

When to start harvesting your potatoes

You will need a shovel or even better a digging fork to get your potatoes out of the ground.

Digging your potatoes

Letting your potatoes "cure" for a few days before you put them in storage will help them last and avoid problems with rot.

Curing your potatoes before storage

Here are a few ideas to help keep that huge crop of potatoes lasting in storage for a long time.

How to store your potatoes for a long time!
+ Other Methods for planting and growing potatoes
6 lectures 22:09

Although containers are not always the perfect solution, if you don't have a lot of space they can be a great place to grow spuds!

Growing Potatoes in Containers.

If you just don't feel like "hilling" your potatoes you can just stick them in the ground, but your harvest will suffer.

Growing Potatoes with out hilling.

This video talks about an alternative method for growing potatoes in compost and straw.

Growing Potatoes in compost and straw.

Use this trick to get potatoes very early in the season.

How to get an early crop of potatoes using cold frames.

That's all for this course.  I sure hope you enjoyed the video.  Be sure to ask any questions you might have in the lecture that relates most to the question.

Wrapping things up - Get out there and grow some potatoes!

Here are some coupons for my other courses.

Bonus Lecture - Other courses and resources by Rick Stone