French fries are one of everyone’s favorite foods to order whenever they go to fast-food chains. Even some restaurants have started including it to their menu. Some food companies offer french fries in different flavors such as cheese, sour cream and onion and barbeque but some prefer to settle with plain ones. Whatever those french fries are flavoured with, people still love eating them. French fries are very convenient to eat and they are also very handy. You can bring them anywhere and you can share them with your friends. Mashed potatoes are also one of many people’s favourite foods to eat. They are delicious and you can pair them with almost all kinds of dishes. You can also eat time during any time of the day. Most of all, they are very nutritious.
If you are one of those people who spend so much on these foods, you must start thinking twice now. You can still eat your favourite french fries and mashed potatoes without getting them from fast-food chains which even offer you overpriced foods at times. Now, you can grow them on your own backyards by planting and raising your own potatoes.
Planting potatoes are a little different from planting your typical fruit-bearing plants such as tomatoes, lemons and oranges. Potatoes do not require these little seeds when you are going to plant them. You may call them potato seeds but they do not actually look like they are seeds. What you are supposed to plant is a whole potato which has an “eye” on its surface. This so-call “eye” is where the development of the potato will start. When planting potatoes, you can bury the whole potato or you can divide it into pieces and scatter it into the different areas of the soil where you are going to plant it. Just make sure that the parts you will plant have eyes. Without these eyes, no new potatoes will grow. Growing potatoes is just easy as long as you follow the right procedures and in a span of 2 or 3 months, you can start harvesting your fresh potatoes.
Before planting your potatoes, you must first check whether the soil where you are going to plant is not too moist or cold. Potatoes would not grow in such kind of soil. With that fact, it is best to plant potatoes during spring time or early summer. They need enough heat in order to grow. Also, there are different methods that you can use when planting potatoes namely the trench method, scatter method and container method. The trench method requires a shallow channel where you can place the potatoes and fill it with soil afterwards. Keep cultivating the soil once the potatoes grow in size. This will help them have space to grow. The scatter method is simpler than the first method. It mainly involves continuous mulching. On the other hand, the container method, as the name suggests, uses containers enough to support the growth of the potatoes and to achieve more organized potato growing but the negative side of that the nutrients the potatoes can absorb from the soil are a little limited because the plant itself is enclosed in a container. Among all these methods, the best way to improve the growth of the potatoes is regular watering. They must receive consistent and enough watering in order to grow healthily just the same with any other plant that you knows of. However, you cannot plant your potato using just any type of soil. Examining the soil before you have your potatoes planted could be very beneficial. Make sure that the soil is free from diseases which could infect and damage your potatoes in the future.
These are just some of the tips you can consider when growing your potatoes. With these, you can make sure to have healthy potatoes which can be used to make your favourite fries and mashed potatoes. If you produce nice and fresh potatoes, you might also consider selling them. The price of potatoes depend upon their quality that is why it would really help if you would make sure that you make more researches on how you can improve the quality of the potatoes that you are about to produce.