3 Tips To Know How To Know How Far Apart To Plant Potatoes

When it comes to planting the best potatoes out there, you might feel that it can be a bit of a tricky process. Even if you are aware that they are one of the most easiest crops to cultivate, you might find it overwhelming as a novice gardener. As a result, you might have no idea how to start getting to growing them.

What is especially tripping you up is knowing how far apart to plant potatoes. Particularly when it comes down to it, calculating the distance of your garden and how many potatoes you can plant to maximize the amount grown at once without overcrowding them can be a huge balancing act, one of which might leave you utterly lost and confused.

While you might feel uncertain on where to begin, do not worry about it: we are here to help! Read on to learn more in this article on how to calculate the distance to plant potatoes from each other. We will be answering some of your burning questions on the matter, and soon enough, we can ensure you that you will be planting those potatoes like a pro.

Without further ado, let’s get started!


How Far Apart Should You Plant Your Potatoes?

As a rule of thumb, potatoes should, on average, be planted at least twelve inches apart from each other. Distance-wise, they should ideally be planted 30 to 36 inches, although 20 to 26 inches can work as well.

You will also need to plant them along the rows, in order to ensure that they are not overcrowding each other and otherwise creating a competition in sharing nutrients and fertilizer from the soil. After all, you do not want to have inadequately-grown potatoes in your garden!

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How Do You Measure The Distance Of Your Garden To Get Started?

While it is true that measuring the distance of your garden for spacing out potatoes requires the help of a measuring device (e.g. measuring tape, measuring sticks), you might find that it will also depend on just what type of layout you would like for your garden.

Some are more efficient than others, at least depending on the plant that you would like to plant, so taking that into consideration will be important.

In any case, there is one of two possibilities you might find yourself incorporating for this particular assignment. We show the two strategies down below:

1. Square Foot Garden

Using this technique, crops are placed in a block formation, rather than in a traditional row. This is to maximize the number of square feet in a plot of land to grow as much crops as possible in one batch.

Using string to mark off each foot of land, you will also need to make sure that there is a minimum distance between each crop, so that they do not crowd each other. You might also need to trace lines in the soil to make sure that the square is just right, before proceeding to make other squares in the rest of the plot of land.

2. Traditional Row Garden

As the name suggests, you will be planting crops along long, single-lined rows for a more spread-out feel to the garden. Especially if you grow different sorts of crops next to each other, it creates a sort of “patchwork effect,” or a multi-colored, diverse-looking plot of land that makes for a rather attractive garden.

To get started, you will need to measure out the length and width of the area that you are planning to grow the crops in. Next, you will need to do some math in order to determine just how many crops can fit into a row comfortably, without squeezing too many in.

You will need to divide the width of the garden by the space between the rows and the length of the garden by the space between plants. You will tend plot each point with a stick, before starting to plant your potatoes and other crops (if you so desire).

Any Troubleshooting Issues We Need To Know About?

If you perform all of the strategies’ instructions above in perfect order, then you should not have any problem with distances between potatoes. If anything, growing them farther away than usual is better than closer, which can create problems with soil and nutrient distribution. If you have any troubleshooting questions, though, please do let us know!


Overall, planting potatoes in terms of distance apart is not too difficult if you research beforehand and know what to expect. Soon enough, you will have big, full potatoes growing prosperously in your garden.

Daisy Taylor

Daisy Taylor is a blogger at TheOneSunflower.com. I would try my hand at gardening. After many years of gardening at home. I have decided to share my passion with the world by starting this blog. I hope to give advice on all matters related to home gardening ..... Read more about Me here.

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Ella Wilson - 02/03/2018

Potatoes are the best product to grow on the recently broken meadow or no man’s land, earthing up and the thick leaf shade help tidy up arrive. Potatoes ought not by any stretch of the imagination be grown on a plot that has had potatoes on it in the past two years. They can be grown in most soil composes, for instance, I have very earth full land and mine have thrived, not just that I am informed that they will help separate the dirt.


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