There are as many ways to grow potatoes as ways to cook them. These vegetables have been cultivated for over 10,000 years, and farmers and gardeners have always looked for ways to make growing them easier.
You can start planting potatoes outdoors at least two weeks after the last spring frost. Potatoes are not frost-hardy, and freezing temperatures can cause the tubers to rot in the ground and damage established plants.
Plant potatoes in a part of your garden that receives full sun. These vegetables need at least 6 hours of sunlight per day for healthy growth.
Usually, potatoes kept in storage will sprout on their own. But you can encourage them to sprout indoors — a process known as chitting — 2 to 3 weeks before the last frost.