Chitting Potatoes

Chitting Potatoes

Chitting Potatoes

Chitting Potatoes in Egg Cartons

Picked up some French Fingerling potatoes last week and am chitting them for the next 1-2 weeks. Chitting potatoes is basically growing out the eyes a little in indirect light, giving them a head start before planting them. I’m using egg cartons to keep them from rolling and breaking the eyes. Also I got the vegetable bed ready, picking a rich, loamy and deep bed (but not the same one as last year) added more manure, dug it in, and dug the trenches 8 inches deep. As soon as they are ready, I will plant them in the bottom of the trench covering them with 3 inches of soil and after the plants are 6″ tall I will start to mound up the dirt around the plants. Last year was my first year growing potatoes and they were fabulous–so much better than store-bought ones.

4 comments on “Chitting Potatoes

  1. gene solyntjes says:

    Hello, Did I read this correctly? You will be planting the potatoes you have chitted a full month before the last frost date?


    • Yep! Last year they were already in by now. If it gets cold after they come up, I put some row cover over them and they did fine last year. I figure it’ll be 2 weeks before I see a leaf up and if I plant them April 15th that will put it right about May 1 before I see leaves.


  2. Peter Burke says:

    The egg carton is a great idea. I’ve had the eyes break off when they roll. Have you ever tried the potoato box?


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