There’s something magical about growing your own food in your backyard or balcony. In this guide, we will discuss how to grow Potato in your Perth backyard.
(Whilst most of this guide suits anywhere in Australia, check local conditions for growing months if you live outside Perth.)
Growing even a a pot or two of vegetables that you can then eat can save you a truckloads of money. Home grown veggies are valuable, especially when compared to the price of organic vegetables in the shops.
When should you plant Potato?
The best months to plant Potato in Perth are Aug-Nov. You can plant using Tubers, ideally when the soil temperature is around 10-20 degrees celcius and the air is around 10-25 degree celcius.
Seeds or Transplant? Tubers
Ideal air temp: 10-25c
Ideal soil temp: 10-20c
Can Potato grow in pots?
Yes, however you will require a large, deep pot.
The great thing about planting Potato in pots is that you can move them around easily, should they need more or less sun, or are getting attacked by pests. In some cases, you can even grow Potato indoors, as long as the position can get enough sun.
How much sun should Potato get?
You will discover that Potato thrives on Full sun or part shade.
Some gardens get more shade than others, and your direction north etc varies. Try the ideal position first, and if the Potato isn’t growing well enough, maybe try a more or less sunnier spot.
A garden is a friend you can visit any time.
How often should you water Potato?
Potato really enjoys when it gets Regular watering.
When can you harvest?
Being a 8 Weeks vegetable, the ideal time to harvest your Potato crop is around Oct-Mar. Play it by ear though, and just see how your plant(s) do this season.
Growing Potato in rows
If you are getting serious with your vegetable garden, you may wish to grow Potato in rows. You’ll need to allow around 75 centimetres between rows, and 15-30 centimetres between each seedling or seed.
Space between rows: 75 cm
Space between seedlings: 15-30 cm
Keep the seeds!
Did you know that you can keep Potato seeds for up to 1 years, and use them to grow more next season?
To get the best results you must talk to your vegetables.
Enjoy delicious Potato in your Perth garden
You can save so much money by growing Potato in your own backyard.
Gardening gives you a chance to slow down and live in the moment. Take time to observe the plants and insects, and be mindful of your surroundings. It’s mindfulness with a purpose.
I trust you’ll enjoy growing your own vegetables like I do.