Potatoes are perhaps one of the most popular foods in Western culture. We have fried, boiled, mashed, curly, you name it! But few have tasted the real beauty of a homegrown, garden-fresh potato. Dakota Pearls are an early, round white variety. They are a beautiful potato, very aptly named- but they require good soil and steady moisture. Produces many mini tubers.
Potatoes are rather easy to grow. They are tolerant of cool soils, however they should be planted once the soil is 6 degrees Celsius in temperature- shortly after the last frost of the season, once the ground is thawed. They enjoy full sun exposure. Ideally, they enjoy well-draining, loamy soil that is rich in organic matter such as compost or manure. When the above-ground potato sprout is about 30cm tall, hill about 15cm of soil around the plant- covering green leaves.
They can also be grown in bags, large containers, and even burlap sacks, for the urban gardener. Start off with a layer of soil about 5-10 cm deep, just enough to cover the tops of the potatoes when planted. Allow the plants to sprout, and keep hilling up dirt around the greens as they come up. Once you’re at the top of your container or bag, allow the plants to flower and die, and dump out the contents to go hunting for potatoes!