The latest harvest in our Kitchen Garden, French Fingerling potatoes, are known for their small, “fingerlike” size and delicious taste. Follow our horticulturist, Diane Burns’ step-by-step instructions to learn how to grow your own potatoes!
How to Grow French Fingerling Potatoes
Prep: Cut the potatoes into 1 inch chunks a day before planting so they have a chance to heal.
Step 1: Select a proper container
The container must be at least 18 inches deep. For example, Diane used an old wine barrel that was cut in half, as we have plenty on hand!
Step 2: Drill a few holes in the bottom of the container
Step 3: Place a thin layer of landscape cloth or weed barrier on the bottom of the container
The cloth helps prevents the holes from getting clogged and retains moisture within the container.
Step 4: Spread a mixture of sand and gravel on top of the cloth
This mixture of sand and gravel helps the plant drain properly.
Step 5: Add 2-3 inches of soil
Step 6: Spread out the potatoes on top of the soil
Make sure the potatoes have at least 1-2 sprouts or “eyes”.
Step 7: Cover the potatoes with another 2-3 inches of soil
Step 8: Continue to add more soil as the foliage grows up to 5-6 inches
Repeat process until the soil reaches the top of the container. This process is important because potatoes grow up, not down.
Step 9: The potatoes should be ready to harvest in about 90-100 days
Tip over the contents of container on a large tarp. Sift through the soil to find your potatoes.
Step 10: Enjoy!