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Potatoes are a versatile and delicious food that can be prepared in many ways. They are a good source of vitamins and minerals such as potassium and vitamin C. Cooked potatoes with the skin are a good source of many vitamins and minerals, such as potassium and vitamin C. Aside from being high in water when fresh, potatoes are primarily composed of carbs and contain moderate amounts of protein and fiber — but almost no fat³.

If you’re interested in growing potatoes, there are many varieties to choose from depending on your needs. Potatoes need an open, sunny growing site, not prone to late frosts, as the young shoots are susceptible to frost damage in April and May. They like rich, fertile soil, so before planting, dig in plenty of organic matter, such as garden compost or well-rotted manure, especially if your soil is light – see our guide to soil types⁵. 

If you want to learn more about growing potatoes, you can check out this step-by-step guide which covers everything from choosing your potatoes to harvesting them⁶.


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(3) The COMPLETE Potato Growing Guide (step by step) – Vegetable Growing.  Accessed 26/03/2023.

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