Spring is upon us and the potatoes under the sink or in the pantry are sprouting. If used soon, they may still be edible, but if they have gone soft or have too many sprouts, why not plant them? The easiest way is just to bury the whole potato about four inches deep.
As they grow, there will be a green plant that lets you know where the main steam is. After a while you may start to see potatoes coming to the surface. Cover these with more soil or straw. Keep covering any potatoes you see with more soil. Do not pick or eat green potatoes.
After a month, loosely turn soil of the largest green stalk and see how your potatoes are doing. You can harvest them at any size as long as they are not green. If they aren't big enough, push them back in the ground and cover.
I have had the best results with red and yukon gold but russets have done OK. I've gotten a few pounds of potatoes with almost no work and its great fun to grow something from what others would consider garbage.
While you're at it, throw any rotten tomatoes in the ground. The grape and cherry always grow in my garden.
By Maureen1010 from IL
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