How to Plant Potatoes That Have Already Sprouted

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Potatoes are a popular plant for the garden. They're easy to plant and grow, and they produce a plentiful crop in a relatively small area. Most gardeners will purchase seed potatoes for planting, but even regular store-bought potatoes that have begun to sprout can often be employed to successfully produce a full crop of vegetables.

Things You'll Need

  • Hoe or tiller
  • Knife
  • Compost
  • Turn the soil over in your planned planting area with a hoe or tiller to a depth of 12 inches and break the dirt up finely. Remove any large rocks and other debris while hoeing.

  • Dig a trench about 4 inches wide and 6 to 8 inches deep. If you're going to plant more than one row, space them apart by about 24 to 36 inches.

  • Cut your potatoes into cubes, about 1 to 2 inches on each side, leaving a sprout on each cube. Nonsprouted sections should have two or three eyes on each.

  • Place the cubes into the bottom of the trench, separating each cube from the other by about 6 to 8 inches. Place the sprouted or eye side of the cubes facing up.

  • Cover the potatoes with a layer of compost and then replace the dirt on top of the plantings.

Tips & Warnings

  • Plant your potatoes about one to two weeks before the last frost.

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