New potatoes are immature potatoes
that grow from potato eyes
(the little knobby things found on potatoes that sit for a while). New potatoes are small
, and generally inexpensive
to buy. They have a sweeter flavor
are used frequently in stews
or served with a gravy
poured over them. Don't peel
your new potatoes, boil
them whole, because the really good vitamins
are just below the skin
To grow your own new potatoes, you will need a seed
potato (which can be either a regular small potato or a commercially bought seed tater.) The seed potatoes need to have eyes on them.
- Dig 6 inch deep holes, 6-8 inches apart
- Fill holes with 3 inches of compost, and plant seed potatoes on compost, cut in half, cut side down.
- Add 3 inches of compost on top of seed potatoes
- Potato plants will begin to grow through the surface of the compost and roots will begin to grow down.
- When plants are 4-6 inches tall, mound soil on top to cover most of the leaves, a process called hilling.
- Three weeks later, hill again.
- Seven weeks later, the plants will break ground again. Gently sift through the soil for new potatoes.